September 22, 2017
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Coastal Mountain Land Trust kicking off community phase of Round the Mountain Collaboration

CAMDEN — Coastal Mountain Land Trust is kicking off the community phase of the $4.2 million Round the Mountain Collaboration to conserve 1,400 acres of land surrounding the community’s water supply by producing a star-studded evening of local talent presenting their stories, art, or music that is inspired by and in honor of Ragged Mountain.

“Our Mountain Voices: A Celebration of Land Conservation through Story, Art, and Song” will feature more than 15 performers including poets, dancers, musicians and artists and begin at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St.

Tickets are available for $25 each at Rayr Wine Shop in Rockport, the Land Trust office at 101 Mt. Battie St., Camden; and online at coastalmountains.org.  Additionally, 20 artists have created works of art on pieces of wood that will be for sale through a silent auction beginning at 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Opera House.

This event is the launch of the public phase of a $4.2 million campaign called Round the Mountain Collaboration. There will be an announcement about a matching gift and how people can support the campaign to conserve this land.

The campaign has three important elements: the first is the purchase of a conservation easement on 850 acres from the Maine Water Company around Mirror Lake in Rockport.  The second is to plan, build and maintain a nine-mile trail that circumnavigates Ragged Mountain, beginning and ending at the Camden Snowbowl and adding two new trailheads.  Finally, we will also purchase a second conservation easement on Grassy Pond in 2019 that will allow for recreational water access with a public boat launch.

The Round the Mountain Collaboration is a community-based partnership with the Maine Water Company, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Towns of Camden and Rockport, and numerous local grassroots recreation groups.  Over the next three years, the campaign will ultimately protect over 1,400 acres of open space on Ragged Mountain, secure and establish more than 20 miles of trail as part of the Round the Mountain Trail system, and permanently protect the Mirror Lake and Grassy Pond watersheds and the drinking water they supply for the more than 25,000 customers living in the six Midcoast communities of Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, and Owls Head.

For information, call 236-7091 or visit coastalmountains.org