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Start Date

8-5-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

8-5-2020 12:20 PM

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Environmental Science and Policy

Advisor

Terry Shehata, PhD

Keywords

Fairy Head, Downeast Maine, public land, land trust, state park, grant writing

Abstract

Downeast Maine boasts roughly 2,000 miles of coastline and an abundance of ecologically important protected lands; many in the Cutler and Lubec region. The area’s rural population, with a growth rate of -0.16%, has been experiencing an economic downturn for years. On a global scale, countless regions have experienced economic recovery through nature tourism. Backpacking trails, such as the Long Trail in Vermont, have also become increasingly popular, attracting hikers from all over the world. Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land protects 12,234 acres along Maine’s Bold Coast. Its 10.35 mile Fairy Head hiking and backpacking trail is one of the only opportunities to backpack on the U.S. East Coast. I am applying for a theoretical grant to convert Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land into a state park while collaborating with neighboring Maine Coast Heritage Trust land to expand the Fairy Head trail; forming a longer backpacking trail, eliminating logging, and attracting tourism to the region while enhancing the backcountry experience.

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Cutler Coast Fairy Head Loop Trail Expansion

Downeast Maine boasts roughly 2,000 miles of coastline and an abundance of ecologically important protected lands; many in the Cutler and Lubec region. The area’s rural population, with a growth rate of -0.16%, has been experiencing an economic downturn for years. On a global scale, countless regions have experienced economic recovery through nature tourism. Backpacking trails, such as the Long Trail in Vermont, have also become increasingly popular, attracting hikers from all over the world. Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land protects 12,234 acres along Maine’s Bold Coast. Its 10.35 mile Fairy Head hiking and backpacking trail is one of the only opportunities to backpack on the U.S. East Coast. I am applying for a theoretical grant to convert Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land into a state park while collaborating with neighboring Maine Coast Heritage Trust land to expand the Fairy Head trail; forming a longer backpacking trail, eliminating logging, and attracting tourism to the region while enhancing the backcountry experience.

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