CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Maine Huts and Trails is highly regarded as an outdoor destination. It features four huts and eighty miles of trail, fifty of which is groomed in the winter.
However, the model on which this system was built cannot sustain it and new Executive Director Wolfe Tone says his group is considering closing all the huts for the winter.
"We are coming out to our community and saying you have a
"Our history has amazing individuals in it," he notes. "Some of those individuals have passed away. There are individuals that that we approached the approached, the response was 'I love you, it was a great experience, but I moved on with my philanthropy.'"
Tone hopes to build a
There was some thought that the money offered by Central Maine Power to build the New England Clean Energy Connect power corridor might be used to help fund recreation interests like Maine Huts and Trails.
Larry Warren, who founded Huts is also a director of Western Mountains and Rivers Corporation. It created a memo of understanding with CMP and also attempted to raise
However, Tone says his organization has taken no stand on the project as his membership has people on all sides of the question.
He is hopeful that enough building blocks will be in place that Huts can open for the winter and that the organization can reboot itself.
"On the one had, this story is about lights out doors closed," he told
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