Many trail users assume that all public trails are managed by the State, but a majority of publicly accessible trails here in Maine are managed by land trusts and other nonprofit organizations that depend on charitable giving to manage and maintain this recreational infrastructure for the public’s benefit.
Are you among the many people who like to head off on a beautiful day to hike trails in Maine? Taking in the fresh air and scenic vistas, it’s easy to get lost in the experience and forget that these special places – that are open to all – need constant care and maintenance.
Many trail users assume that all public trails are managed by the State, but a majority of publicly accessible trails in Maine are managed by land trusts and other nonprofit land conservation organizations that depend on charitable giving to acquire, manage, maintain, and improve this recreation infrastructure for the public’s benefit.
Making a financial contribution is just one way you can support Maine’s vast network of paths and trails. Many land trusts and other environmental nonprofits offer opportunities to volunteer, allowing you to play an important role in keeping trails safe and enjoyable for all. Maine Trail Finder, a great online resource for anyone who enjoys spending time on trails beyond their own backyard, recently published a blog exploring How to Volunteer on Trails in Maine. You can also be an informal ambassador, and help spread the word about how to be a responsible and respectful user by sharing tips with friends and neighbors. Or, if you have special skills or expertise, you could contact your local land trust and offer to lead a walk, hike, or paddle.
Big thanks to Maine Trail Finder for all their good work making the trails of Maine more accessible for all, and thanks to all the volunteers and trail managers for their tireless efforts. Working together, each of us doing what we can, we’ll ensure that Maine continues to be one of the best places to live for people who love to be outside!