RCP Stats

Coordinator: Simon Rucker, Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust; Nancy Perlson

Contact Info: srucker@matlt.org, perlson.nancy@gmail.com

Year started: 2005

Mission Statement:
“Our Mission is to protect important natural resources, secure public access, and support healthy human and natural communities in Maine’s High Peaks.”

General Location: High mountain region in Western ME

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 716,967

Acres Conserved by Partnership: 18000

Number of Partners: 13

RCP Status: Conserving

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Engage landowners and/or municipal officials in your region
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations

Funding sources:

  • Philanthropic foundation
  • Cox grant

Website:  http://matlt.org/high-peaks-initiative/

RCP Activities


  • Recreation
  • Stewardship
  • RCP Leadership Structure
  • Branding (logo, trademark)
  • Engaging New Sectors/Partners (trail use/recreation, economic development, students)
  • Community engagement/relationships

Current Activities:

  • High Peaks gazetteer mapping project
  • Trademark acquisition, local signs to trails, numerous large-landscape conservation projects
  • First ecological study of the High Peaks Region and a Forest Legacy application
  • Land Protection/Acquisition
  • Information Sharing/Coordination
  • Strategic Planning/Mapping

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Opening of the Berry Picker's Trail up Saddleback Mountain
  • Acquisition of Maine High Peaks trademark
  • Involvement in formation of A.T. Landscape Partnership
  • Involvement in Maine Woods Consortium
  • High Peaks Gazetteer project
  • Advancing three conservation projects with partners in the region

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