TOPSHAM – This summer, Maine people are invited to explore the more than 150 destinations that have been conserved with support from the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program over the past three decades. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, LMF has secured public access to more than 600,000 acres in the state, offering opportunities in all sixteen Maine counties for outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and ATV riding. To help Maine families and friends plan their next outdoor adventure, an LMF Passport is now available, featuring 35 destinations to get them started.
“The new passport offers something for everyone, including gentle nature paths, challenging mountain hikes, extensive ATV trails, scenic picnic locales, popular fishing spots, sandy beaches, and canoe-friendly waters,” explained Maine Coast Heritage Trust President Tim Glidden. “With so many opportunities to enjoy Maine’s great outdoors, families can choose a different activity each weekend throughout the summer.”
The LMF Passport features 35 recommended itineraries, divided into five regions. However, participants can customize their explorations by using a new website (www.landformainesfuture.org) with information on more than 150 places to visit. As a bonus, passport holders who explore at least three LMF destinations this summer and upload a photo of their passport will be awarded a handy “LMF Works for ME” flashlight carabiner.
“No matter where you are in our state, you’re never far from a special place that’s available to the public today because of the Land for Maine’s Future program,” shared Kate Dempsey, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine. “Best of all, since LMF’s work has been funded by Maine people for the past 30 years, these properties belong to all of us forever.”
People who visit LMF destinations this summer are also encouraged to share their experiences on a new “LMF Works for ME” photo gallery. Instagram users can post their images to the gallery by using #LMFWorksforME, and anyone who takes a photo at an LMF destination and uploads it directly onto the gallery at www.landformainesfuture.org will have the opportunity to win camping gear donated by L.L. Bean, an overnight stay at a sporting camp in the Maine Woods donated by the Appalachian Mountain Club, and other prizes. There will be a drawing in October to announce the winners, who will be selected at random (limit one entry per person).
“The Land for Maine’s Future program embodies our long-standing commitment to outdoor conservation, the protection of the environment, and public access to outdoor recreational opportunities,” added Janet Wyper, Manager of Community Relations at L.L. Bean. “We are excited to be part of this effort and hope to see many Maine families exploring these incredible places the LMF program, state agencies, land trusts, municipalities, and other partners have conserved over the past thirty years.”
For more information visit www.landformainesfuture.org or contact:
Jeff Romano, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 441-9441
Tom Abello, The Nature Conservancy, 406-0230