GREENVILLE, Maine — Piscataquis County commissioners were awarded a $45,000 grant from the federal government this week for the purchase of 2 acres on Depot Street for an all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile trailhead.
U.S. Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program had awarded a Rural Business Enterprise grant to the county for the trailhead.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to offer the trailhead for ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts in the Moosehead Lake area,” Piscataquis County Manager Marilyn Tourtelotte said Thursday.
The USDA funds will be added to a $23,885 grant from the Department of Conservation’s Land and Water Conservation Fund for the land purchase and to make improvements to the land, she said.
The property, located in Moosehead Junction Township, is adjacent to the all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile Interconnected Trail System that connects residents and tourists to destinations throughout Maine and into Quebec. It is within a block of the Greenville Junction Wharf.
The commissioners placed a $1,000 retainer on the land pending approval of the two grants. It is expected the sale will be completed soon and work will start this summer, according to Tourtelotte.