Trail Solutions has a valuable partner in the Maine Winter Sports Center. MWSC's mission is to create a sustainable model for rural communities in Maine. Preserving Maine's winter sports heritage is their anchor, but snow isn't on the ground 365 days a year and over time singletrack and mountain biking have become part of their programming to improve local quality-of-life as well. IMBA's Rich Edwards has made a number of visits to Maine, and the networks of trails in Presque Isle and Fort Kent and the trailheads full of smiling runners and riders demonstrate the success of the IMBA/MWSC partnership.
Via their Healthy Hometowns initiative, MWSC brought Trail Solutions to Maine again, this time to work with a new group, Greater Haystack Trail Association. GHTA, inspired by the success of the Presque Isle trails, want to bring quality singletrack + riding to their slice of Aroostook County. TS spent a week working with GHTA and MWSC assessing the opportunities at and connecting Haystack and Scopan Mountains. Home to over 20,000 acres of public land and one of the largest lakes in Maine, needless to say the potential is off the hook!
Perhaps GHTA, MWSC, and TS can bring a little glacial-till magic from the similar landscapes in Copper Harbor east to the Great North Woods? Stay tuned!