Meet our Board of Directors
Milt Baston, President
Milt Baston lives in Strong Maine. He is a registered Maine Guide and selectman in the town of Strong. Milt was named “Conventional Logger of the Year” in 2011 by the Certified Logging Professionals Association. He is a volunteer on the Fly Rod Crosby Trail, serves on the Conservation Alternatives Committee and helps out at the annual HPA “Moose Spaghetti Supper and World Famous Pie Auction (pictured below with Roger Lambert).”
Lloyd Griscom, Vice President
Lloyd owns and operates Peace and Plenty Organic Blueberry Farm in Phillips Maine with his wife Hope. They live in Phillips. Lloyd is also a board member of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and Sandy River Land Trust. Lloyd is on the Conservation Alternatives Committee, Organizational Committee and All Trails Committee.
Elizabeth Squibb, Interim Treasurer
Betsy Squibb is a professor at the University of Maine in Farmington, a registered Maine Guide, and lives in Madrid TWP with her husband Bud Godsoe. When she’s not teaching, Betsy enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking. She serves on the Fly Rod Crosby Trail Committee and the Organizational Committee.
Karen Roderick, Treasurer
Karen is the director of finance for MMA and lives with her husband Jim Roderick in East Madrid. Both Karen and Jim are avid ATV riders, hikers and enjoy hunting, wildlife viewing and fishing.
Chris Beach, Director
Chris Beach is a retired Professor who taught at Unity College in Unity Maine. He lives with his wife Betty in Wilton Maine. Chris is also the Vice President of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust. He is an avid hiker and “bushwhacker” who enjoys recreating in Maine’s High Peaks Region. He serves on the Conservation Alternatives Committee and All Trails Committee.
Donald Whittemore, Director
Don Whittemore is retired and lives in Farmington with his wife Donna. They lived in Phillips for many years and Don worked for Federal Express in the High Peaks Region. Don is an avid ATV rider, snowmobiler and hiker. He is a lifelong hunter and fisherman. Don serves on the Conservation Alternatives Committee, Fly Rod Crosby Trail Committee and All Trails Committee.
Roger Lambert, Director
Roger and his wife Kathy live in Strong Maine. Roger is a Registered Maine Master Guide and member of the Maine Professional Guides Association (MPGA). He owns and operates Window Man in Farmington Maine, when he isn’t out guiding in the High Peaks Region for his business: Maine Guide and Outfitter Services. Roger serves on the Conservation Alternatives Committee and helps organize the annual “Moose Spaghetti Supper and World Famous Pie Auction.”
Bill Birden, Director
Bill lives in Strong ME with wife Vicki Birden. Bill is the president of the Sandy River Riders ATV club and active in the Strong Snowmobile Club, Volunteer Fire Dept and the Phillips-Strong Lions Club.
High Peaks Alliance Advisers and Volunteers
Tom Saviello, Senator, Wilton
Mike Ferguson, Rev-it-up Sports, Rangeley
Kirby Holcum, Maine Guide, Fly Rod Crosby Committee, Rangeley
Bud Godsoe, Retired Contractor, Madrid TWP – Fly Rod Crosby Trail Master
Dave Field, Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Fly Rod Crosby Trail Advisor
Marc Edwards, University of Maine Ext. Service, Fly Rod Crosby Committee, Strong
Dan Mitchell, ATV ME
Patty Geiger, Fly Rod Crosby and Events Committees
Jo Josephson, Fly Rod Crosby Trail Committee, Communications
Ben Godsoe, Fly Rod Crosby Trail Committee, Conservation Alternatives Committee
Henry Wilson (eQuizShow.com)
Additional Support Generously Provided By
Davis Conservation Fund
Department of Conservation Recreational Trails Program
National Park Service, Rivers and Trails Program
Franklin County TIF Program
Maine Community Fund
Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
New England Grassroots Environmental Fund
Generous Donations by businesses and individuals in the High Peaks Region. Thank you all for your support!
Letter of Support from ATV Maine
(Alliance of Trail Vehicles of Maine)
PO Box 2292
South Portland ME 04116-2292
ATV Maine is made up of 103 ATV Clubs with more than 8000 individual members from all across the State. We are excited to announce our collaboration with the High Peaks Alliance, Sandy River Land Trust and all of the other back country enthusiasts that are working together to develop a recreational economy in Franklin County through conservation, preservation and the development of a multi use trail system. An economic impact study of ATVing done by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith center in 2004 demonstrated an annual impact of two hundred and twenty million and the number of registered ATV’s have grown every year since. When you combine this with the three hundred million contribution made by snowmobiling it becomes very apparent what motorized recreation means to the greatest state in our nation. Back Country hikers, cross country skiers, geo cache’rs and equestrians also add a significant contribution to this leg of our economy.
The manufacturing of forest products has been the backbone of Maine’s economy for many generations and a working forest is still paramount. That said a significant portion of this economy has disappeared over the last twenty years and most residents of Maine have experienced the effects of this unfortunate trend.
I personally believe that outdoor recreation on our superior landscape can replace most of the loss that has occurred in the forest products industry. It won’t happen overnight and it will take every one who has a stake in our future to create a recreational industry in the State of Maine that will become a model of what can happen when the synergy of diverse groups come together to achieve our goals.
Sure conflicts exist between some groups, but it has been our experience that if mutual respect is the norm those conflicts have been overcome. Real change can only come when those with different values and ideas come together, share their respective positions and forge an understanding and respect of each others ideals. Once this has happened any goal can be achieved. ATV Maine is committed to work with all of the groups that are involved with this effort in the high peaks area of Franklin County.
Daniel m. Mitchell