Recent Grant Update: Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $3.2 Million for Rural Economic and Community Development Projects in Maine
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced a total of $3,242,078 for rural economic and community development throughout the State of Maine. This funding is being awarded through the Northern Border Regional Commission’s State Economic and Infrastructure Grants for fiscal year 2019.
“The Northern Border Regional Commission is a critical source of investment for rural parts of our state, helping to grow the economy and create jobs,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “We welcome this continued funding for these projects that will help enhance economic growth, promote community development, and improve transportation infrastructure throughout Maine.”
Our Katahdin will receive $200,000 to restore below market hydroelectric access to Our Katahdin’s industrial site by repurposing a new substation and providing power distribution. This project will create jobs through private investment through new business tenants in the area.
Earlier Work Updates from 2018
Thanks to a passionate network of outdoor recreation advocates and several perceptive funders, Katahdin Area Trails is growing to meet the demand for trail construction, maintenance, and management expertise in the region. Here is a snapshot of some of our favorite projects from the last year:
Trail Development and Rehabilitation in the Katahdin Region
Funded by the Sewall Foundation & NEOC
Katahdin Area Trails is working with the New England Outdoor Center and the Sewall Foundation to construct a network of 35 miles of mountain bike trails and 20 miles of cross-country ski trails on Hammond Ridge (between Millinocket Lake and Millinocket). The mountain bike trails have been designed by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) to ensure users of all skill levels will have an enjoyable experience. Likewise, the cross-country ski trails were designed by Morton Trails and include a competition rated 15 kilometer loop.
This kind of trail built with a specific mode of travel in mind are referred to as purpose-built trails. This addition of high-quality trails built for mountain biking and cross-country skiing will bring a new recreational cornerstone to the Katahdin region, similar to how Baxter State Park stands out for hiking, or the West Branch Penobscot River is known for whitewater paddling.
Maine Paddling & Cycling Trails: East Branch Penobscot River
Funded by the Butler Conservation Fund
During the summer of 2016 the Butler Conservation Fund purchased over 4,000 acres of land, including 8 miles of river frontage along the East Branch Penobscot River. Katadhin Area Trails is building a network of multiple use trails for human-powered recreation on this property. These trails will be used by the Maine Outdoor Education Program to provide students from Bangor to Houlton a place to viscerally engage with the natural world. The trails will also be open to the public and eventually connect to trails on the new Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument.
Whetstone Falls Walking Trail
Funded by the Butler Conservation Fund and Katahdin Tourism Partnership
Katahdin Area Trails and the Maine Conservation Corps teamed up to build a 1.5 mile trail along the East Branch Penobscot River. This short trail gives travelers along the Katadhin Woods & Waters Scenic Byway more of a reason to stop and enjoy the Whetstone Falls Rest area, where the trail begins, and enjoy vistas of a truly wild Maine river.
Wayfinding Improvements for Trails in the Katahdin Region
Funded by the Partnership for a Healthy Northern Penobscot, Millinocket Regional Hospital, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, and the Partnership to Improve Community Health
Katahdin Area Trails installed 36 trail junction signs, 1 trailhead kiosk, 2 trailhead road signs, and posted 20 trails to Maine Trail Finder. This project was coordinated by the Millinocket Appalachian Trail Community’s AmeriCorps VISTA and was supported by the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile/Ski/ATV Club and Acadian Forest Management.