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.  Mr. Kfoury was a pioneer in developing a community approach to conservation that prioritized local economic needs in balance with conservation of natural resources.  Also during this time the organization served as the regional coordinator of the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byways program obtaining over $5 million for improvements and enhancements to the Rangeley Region.  Beyond general roadway improvements the enhancements included the Height of Land and Whipwillow scenic overlooks, educational signage and information throughout the byway and public restrooms in Rangeley and Oquossoc.  In addition Mr. Kfoury guided the creation of Camp EcoVenture a summer youth program focusing on outdoor recreation and environmental education that is attended by over 100 youth annually.  He also spearheaded a unique conservation project that resulted in the improvement of the Cupsuptic Lake Park & Campground.

When asked to comment Mr. Reyonlds stated:  “The accomplishments of the organization under Ed’s leadership are nothing short of remarkable and his legacy will benefit generations to come.”

In recognition of Mr. Kfoury’s leadership that resulted in organizational achievement recognized at the local, state and national levels he has been designated as President Emeritus of the organization and will continue to serve in an advisory capacity.  The Board of Directors has also established a scholarship fund in his name for the Camp EcoVenture summer youth program.

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund or desire additional information, please call the RLHT at (207) 864-7311 or visit rlht.org/donate