The Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) supports local organizations that improve the local economy and the overall environmental well-being of the beautiful Downeast Lakes region. One group that is improving outdoor recreation opportunities and public access is the Grand Lake Stream ATV Club.
The Grand Lake Stream ATV Club maintains over 80 miles of trails on local lands in the Downeast Lakes region. They maintain close relationships with local landowners and management groups, including Wagner Forest Management, Woodland Pulp LLC, Lyme Timber Company, and DLLT, who provide public access for their large network of motorized trails. With a very active group of members, the GLS ATV Club holds numerous group trail rides and events throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
After receiving a $35,000 grant from the State of Maine’s Recreational Trails Program, administered by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, the Club has made some exciting improvements to the trail infrastructure over the past two years. Some of the projects include new culvert installation, improvements to roadside drainage, the re-decking of the Karen Sprague Bridge, and the maintenance of more than 50 miles of existing trails. These enhancements of public access and recreation are essential for the future of the outdoor-based local economy.
“We appreciate the cooperation of our landowners and club members who volunteer to keep our trails safe and open to all for riding,” said GLS ATV Club President, Sue LaPlante.
On Saturday, May 21st, the Grand Lake Stream ATV Club is partnering with DLLT for the 2nd Annual Community and Forest Clean-up. Participants should meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 8:30 am to receive trash bags and get their area assignment. After the clean-up, “pickers” will be treated to a hearty lunch of soup, served in handmade, souvenir bowls, generously provided by the GLS ATV Club. For more information on this event, please contact Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.