The Maine High Peaks Alliance is a young organization. However, it has seen some turnover as past members of the board of directors move on. This page is meant to recognize and celebrate our colleges and their accomplishments.
Roger was one of the founding members of the High Peaks Alliance and served on its first board of directors. His family has inhabited Strong, Maine for six generations. He is an avid outdoorsman and sportsman and the owner of a local window and glass business. He became a Registered Maine Guide in 1997 and a Master Maine Guide in 2006. In addition to his time with the High Peaks Alliance’s Board of Directors, he served many years as a Board Member of the Maine Professional Guides Association (MPGA).
State Senator Tom Saviello has been a close friend of Roger for many years. The two of them were concerned with the subdividing and closing off of once publicly accessible land. They began discussing the possibility of starting a nonprofit to protect public access to outdoor sporting and recreation opportunities in the High Peaks Region. This brought him into contact with Lloyd Griscom, a current board member who shares Roger’s concerns and values. Their discussions ultimately resulted in the creation of the High Peaks Alliance in 2007.
His involvement did much to nail down the fundamental objectives and structure of the alliance. Many of the current board members are friends or associates of Roger Lambert who were recruited into the organization by himself and Lloyd.
Chris Beach is a retired lawyer and history professor from Wilton. After joining the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust’s High Peaks Land Conservation Initiative in 2008, Chris and Lloyd Griscom recognized the hiking community needed more local allies to achieve success. The small local meetings previously held by Lloyd, Roger Lambert, and others, soon evolved into the public effort known as the High Peaks Alliance.
Early projects Chris recalls contributing to include: creating the first AmeriCorps position, held by Ben Godsoe; the 6,000-acre Orbeton Stream Forest Legacy conservation project in Madrid; the Moose Loop ATV Regional Trail System; the West Saddleback Multi-Use Trail Crossing of the Appalachian Trail Corridor; and the initial public forums on a possible new High Peaks National Wildlife Refuge.
Looking back, Chris believes the effort to form working alliances between motorized and non-motorized local trail groups produced solid initial results. Future successes will occur when the “4 Valleys” surrounding the high peaks backcountry better ally themselves to promote their mutual “backyard”- Maine’s priceless, unique High Peaks Region.
Jo Josephson is a somewhat retired journalist living in Temple. She is an avid hiker, snowshoer, sea kayaker and photographer.
Before joining the board of the High Peaks Alliance, she was active in the Tumbledown Conservation Alliance’s efforts to raise awareness and funds to protect Tumbledown Mountain and surrounding lands in the area in and around Weld from development and to provide access to the existing trails. Working with the Trust for Public Land, and the Maine Department of Conservation, the Alliance helped raise $8 million to protect 26,000 acres. Her work with the High Peaks Alliance focused primarily on supporting the work of the FlyRod Crosby Trail Committee; though she did serve for a while as secretary to the Board of Directors. In addition to participating in work days on the trail, she used her journalistic and photographic skills to prepare brochures, maps, press releases, walking tours and murals depicting the natural and cultural and economic history of the area in and around the trail.