BUCKSPORT, ME – Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust has launched a $750,000 capital campaign to raise funds to purchase 200 acres of property on Great Pond Mountain.
The campaign supports the conservation of three key properties that will be added to the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands including the mountain trailhead, the Hay Ledges, and the mountain summit.
David S. Gross is the Honorary Campaign Chairman of the To the Summit! campaign.
“Our To the Summit! campaign will ensure permanent protection and hiking access for one of Hancock County’s iconic places,” said Gross, who is the son of GPMCT’s founder, Stuart M. Gross.
A generous matching grant from The Ram Island Conservation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation will match campaign contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to $375,000.
The campaign has already raised $473,200 through the generous contributions of 55 donors including individuals, families, foundations, businesses and organizations.
The Trust received grants for the campaign from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation for $35,000 and from the Davis Conservation Foundation for $10,000.
2013 marks Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust’s 20th year of conserving special places in northwest Hancock County. In 2007, with the help of hundreds of community members and the Land for Maine’s Future Program, the Trust protected a portion of Great Pond Mountain by purchasing the 4,300-acre Wildlands.
This new campaign will ensure future generations will have access to Great Pond Mountain – free of cell towers or wind turbines – for outdoor recreation, educational activities and traditional use. Campaign contributors will help to join the two parts of the Wildlands at the top of the mountain, and according to Gross, “…the dream to conserve this place so special to all of us will be fulfilled.”
The campaign will also include funds for future land acquisitions of ecologically or recreationally significant properties in Bucksport, Orland, Dedham and Verona Island; management of the Wildlands as well as smaller holdings and conservation easements throughout northwest Hancock County; and increasing the Trust’s future capacity by adding to an endowment and bringing the office into the 21st century.
During the public phase the Trust will raise the final $122,124, which when matched by the Ram Island Fund, will complete the $750,000 campaign goal.
All who treasure Great Pond Mountain are invited to support the To the Summit! campaign to ensure that this unique resource will be conserved forever.
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to conserve land, water and wildlife habitat for the communities of northwestern Hancock County. Located in Bucksport, ME the Trust is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors and supported by 420 members and contributors and 55 volunteers.
For more information about GPMCT and the To the Summit! campaign or to contribute go to www.greatpondtrust.org or contact the Trust by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (207) 469-6929, or mail PO Box 266, Orland, ME 04472.