High Peaks Alliance Meeting
May 29, 2009 Notes by Betsy Squibb
1. High Peaks Alliance Organization
Chris, Lloyd and Roger reported on meeting with lawyers. It was decided to continue to seek 501c status with a local lawyer. Roger offered to contact Linda Sparkes in Phillips.
2. Fly Rod Crosby Footpath
We are invited to attend the Rangeley Guides and Sportsmen Meeting on June 18th. The meeting is at Thursday at 6 pm with a potluck supper. It was suggested that we meet and drive together. More details to follow.
There was continued discussion about finding out who owns land along a potential footpath.
Don has identified Madrid tax maps.
Roger identified Avon and Strong and volunteered to do Phillips.
The group brainstormed ideas for the whole project
Segments or pieces of the footpath
A map with some of the places (points) for visitors such as birthplace, burial place.
Places to note in towns include
Strong Cemetery and Historical Society
Phillips Historical society, SR& RL Railroad,
Rangeley/ Oquossoc Bald Mountain Campus, Chapel.
Should there be a driving route?
3. Environmental Funders Network
HPA will not be eligible to put in a full proposal this year.
We decided to continue to seek funding and pursue ideas in the preproposal submitted and maybe try again next year.
4. Other HPA efforts
Members of the group have been working on a HPA Forum for building awareness of the High Peaks region. The forum would occur in fall and begin with a design meeting for program planning. Lloyd, Chris and Betsy are working with Warren Cook to organize a date for the design planning meeting.
Lloyd said he would be going to a meeting with Allen Stearns on ATV crossings and will report back.
June 30th meeting is cancelled and will be resheduled when Roger gets back from a trip towards the middle of July.
Dan & Deb Mitchell
The organized ATV Clubs located in the Western Mountains of Maine have come together to Support the efforts of the High Peaks Alliance to conserve our traditional way of life here in the high peaks region. Working together we can help to preserve one of the most special places in the State of Maine. In the past couple of years there has been a movement of the non-motorized folks and those that enjoy motorized exploration to work together. As a working member of Governor Baldacci’s Task Force Regarding the management of public lands I was part of very beginning of this cooperation between the two groups. By fostering mutual respect and trust between us we have come to the point now where it is time to work together on these types of projects. Being a person who enjoys both backcountry hiking and exploring on my ATV I have a broad perspective of these activities and what each group wants, needs and desires to fully enjoy their recreation of choice.
So here we are embarking on one of our first conservation projects together and say to all of you that are reading this, “This is just the beginning and together great things will be accomplished.”
River Valley Riders ATV Club