Mainers are counting on legislators’ support of the Maine Trails Bond, L.D. 1156, a bill to support the development and maintenance of recreational trails.

As the vice president of the Western Foothills Land Trust, the committee chair of the Norlands Washburn Living History Center Trails and Outdoor Recreation Committee, a member of the Streaked Mountaineers Snowmobile Club, a member of Buckfield’s Conservation and Beautification Committee, a Pleasant Mountain ski patroller, and (in case people didn’t already guess) an avid outdoorsman, I can say firsthand exactly how important Maine recreational trails are.

With that being said, I cannot begin to describe the impact this bond would have on our local communities. Maine trails help preserve the landscapes that Mainers and our predecessors have utilized and appreciated for generations.

It is critical that we ensure the next generation have the kind of outdoor recreational opportunities we grew up with, whether its hiking, biking, skiing, hunting, fishing, boating or off-roading. Outdoor recreation and environmental protection begins and ends with our trails.

There aren’t too many interests in today’s world that I would consider truly bipartisan, but trails are something we can all appreciate and enjoy, regardless of our political persuasion. Never mind the enormous role our trails play in supporting our economy.

Let’s build a brighter future together and invigorate Maine’s outdoor recreation landscape. I hope legislators pass the Maine Trails Bond.

Conner Tremblay, Buckfield

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