AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) has been awarded a $5,000 Good Neighbor Grant from Poland Spring Water Company to support MATC’s Caretaker and Ridgerunner Education Program at Horns Pond in the Bigelow Mountains and Piazza Rock near Saddleback.
The Poland Spring grant enables MATC caretakers and ridgerunners to work with approximately 8,000 hikers recreating on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), teaching Leave-No-Trace ethics and providing a daily presence on A.T. lands to protect alpine plants, water quality and wildlife habitat, and deter vandalism.
“Poland Spring grant dollars flow back to the Appalachian Trail in the form of hiker education and resource protection,” remarked Lester Kenway, President of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. ”These funds create a ripple effect of understanding and support for the outdoor recreating community.”
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club manages and maintains 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Founded in 1935, MATC is an all-volunteer, donor-supported nonprofit that welcomes new members and inspires respect for this natural treasure. Visit MATC at www.matc.org or on Facebook.