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RLHT Takes on Three Invasive and Nuisance Species

Rangeley, ME - In line with our mission to maintain the integrity of our natural resources, the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is focusing its efforts this summer on halting the spread of two invasive and one nuisance species: wall lettuce (Mycelis muralis), the rusty crayfish (Ornectes rusticus), and the spruce budworm moth (Choristoneura).

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RLHT Enters 15th Courtesy Boat Inspection Season

Rangeley, ME - The Rangeley Lakes Region has some of the healthiest water bodies in Maine. The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust hopes to keep it that way. Their Headwaters Lake Protection Program oversees water quality monitoring and invasive species on 16 waterbodies within the upper Androscoggin River Watershed which are most likely free of aquatic invasive plants.

This is the 15th year RLHT will be conducting courtesy boat inspections in the region as part of an educational program that engages the public by teaching them to inspect their boat and trailers to prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals

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RLHT Makes Safety Improvements at Cupsuptic Campground

Adamstown Township, ME - In 2006 the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust purchased a total of 110-acres of land on Cupsuptic Lake. Included within this purchase is a 16-acre commercial campground known as the Cupsuptic Lake Park & Campground that has operated for many decades under a lease arrangement.

In 2011 the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust assumed management of the campground and since that time it has been managed by Heather and Randy Targett. Through the use of public and private grant funding, the entire campground facilities have been either renovated or reconstructed providing an affordable world-class experience for guests.

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EcoVenture Celebrates 20 Years

Rangeley, ME - Join us this summer as the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust celebrates twenty years of our Camp EcoVenture. Another action packed summer is in the works and we hope to share it with you!

Established in 1998 EcoVenture connects the community with RLHT’s conservation work. Over 2000 campers and 500 staff have walked through its gate which states, “Through these gates pass the future stewards of Rangeley’s natural resources.” A statement that twenty years later has come to fruition.

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Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust Acquires 70 acres on Rangeley Lake’s Hunter Cove

Oquossoc, ME (March 10, 2017) – The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 70 acre property on Rangeley Lake. Located on the eastern shoreline of Hunter Cove, the property abuts 100-acre “Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary”, which was donated to RLHT in 2004 by Maine Audubon Society, and directly across the Cove from 180 acre “Hunter Cove Uplands”.

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Geller Family Donates 15 acres on Greenvale Cove

This 15-acre, undeveloped parcel rests on 955’ of shoreline along Rangeley Lake’s Greenvale Cove and continues into 778’ of Long Pond Stream. The property features a unique blend of wetlands, forested wetlands and upland habitat that provide habitat for a variety of nesting birds and ducks, native brook trout and rainbow smelt populations.

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Tracks in the Snow

By Amanda Laliberte, Program Manager RLHT

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust’s conservation lands are shared spaces for our community to recreate but also more than that. They serve as habitat for a wide-variety of species such as our iconic moose, our ever present white-tailed deer, and the elusive three-toed woodpecker. Though winter doesn’t allow us to see or hear all of the animals that depend on these protected parcels, it does allow for us to investigate the inhabitants in a way that isn’t possible the rest of the year.

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RLHT Announces Volunteers of the Year

This year’s Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust’s Volunteers of the Year are Lindy and Pam Atwood. This was their 3rd season as Camp Host’s at RLHT’s Cupsuptic Lake Park and Campground in Oquossoc.

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Courtesy Boat Inspector Program has Record Year

RANGELEY – Efforts to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants in the Rangeley Lakes Region intensified over the 2016 season as courtesy boat inspectors from the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust diligently checked boats for plant fragments when they entered and exited public boat launches.

Boat inspectors patrolled seven public boat launches in the area, focusing on those with higher traffic volume. Spanning from May to September, RLHT CBI’s inspected 709 boats.

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RLHT’s Plant Patrol Finds No Invasive Species

RANGELEY - Since its conception in 2011 the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust’s Invasive Plant Patrol has been the standard for volunteer plant patrol projects around the state of Maine. Since then the number of waterbodies surveyed for invasive aquatic species, like Eurasian Water Milfoil and Hydrilla has increased from seven to 12.

The goal of the plant patrol is to detect invasive aquatic species before the infestation becomes greater than an acre. By actively patrolling each season, patrollers become familiar with the flora and are more likely to recognize an infestation before it grows out of control.

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The Life Cycle of Leaves

Shelby Rousseau of Phillips, who is the stewardship director of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust in Oquossoc, explains why fall's foliage exhibit such bright colors.

Leaves from all trees produce the sugar essential for tree survival. This sugar is made when carbon dioxide combines with chlorophyll, the pigment that produces the green color, then further blends with oxygen and hydrogen to form dextrose, a form of sugar.

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Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust seeks to stop invasive crayfish

Public enemy number one!

RANGELEY - This summer, a hidden threat may scuttle beneath the surface of local lakes or ponds. Orconectes rusticus, the rusty crayfish, is an invasive aquatic species that has hitchhiked from its native waters to Maine via the bait buckets of careless anglers. Though it may seem like just another bottom feeder, don’t be fooled: this underwater marauder is one bad crawdad.

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RLHT Installs Spruce Budworm Pheromone Traps

RANGELEY - You might remember the spruce budworm (SBW) infestation that attacked Maine nearly 40 years ago. Once again, Maine is threatened by this small insect that may have the potential to make a big impact on Maine’s working forestlands.

The SBW is a native insect whose population cyclically explodes leading to massive feeding on maturing fir and spruce trees. In Maine, the SBW may also attack black and red spruce, larch and hemlock

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RLHT holds ‘Festival in the Park’

RANGELEY — Celebrating Common Ground and the 25th anniversary of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, July 23, the RLHT hosted a “Festival in the Park” in the town of Rangeley Park to celebrate 25 years since inception and to thank the residents and visitors to the region for their support. All the events were free of charge.

According to organizers, fun was had by all beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until the weather caused an earlier than planned closing at 1:30 p.m. The welcome tent was full of surprises, including the premier of a film about the history of the trust (go to www.rlht.org to view).

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Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust Earns National Recognition

The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says Chris Devine, Executive Director. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation program.”

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Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust President and Founder Retires

The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, a regional land conservation organization focusing on the Western Maine lakes and mountains region was co-founded by Ed Kfoury in 1990. Mr. Kfoury has retired from the board this July after serving as President for 25 years. Paul Reynolds has been elected to succeed Mr. Kfoury as President.

During Mr. Kfoury’s tenure the organization has conserved over 13,500 acres of land encompassing over 50 miles of lake and river frontage, 17 islands and over 500 acres of wetlands.

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