WESTBROOK, Maine (January 28, 2022) – Artel recently sponsored The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust by donating once again to its “Adopt A Trail” program. PRLT is a community-based nonprofit organization serving Gorham, Gray, Standish, Westbrook, and Windham. All land conserved by the PRLT was part of the traditional lands of the Wabanaki tribe for over 10,000 years and they are proud to help preserve this unique heritage. They are conscientious stewards of the Presumpscot River watershed and coordinate the ‘Sebago to the Sea’ trail, a 28-mile trail from Standish to Portland. Much of the land held by the trust offers free admittance to trails and water access.
Through PRLT’s “Adopt A Trail” program, Artel has been sponsoring a mile-long trail on the Hawkes Preserve in Gorham for several years. The trail winds through hemlock forests along the scenic Presumpscot River and includes the historic Cumberland and Oxford Canal, making it a cool and shady summer hike. For families who like to experience winter hiking, they can enjoy the great views and look for animal tracks in the snow along the trail. The trust holds 18 preserves and 2,170 acres of conserved lands, with miles of public access. Some trails are plowed in the winter for those who like to hike in the colder months. Events occur on a monthly basis, most of them family and kid-friendly.
“Artel is honored to help and support the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust preserve these natural resources so that everyone can enjoy them for many years to come,” said Richard Curtis, chairman. “It’s incredibly important to be good stewards of what we have been given, and to teach future generations how to do the same.”