| MITA receives multi-year challenge grant for stewardship!
The Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) has been awarded a grant from the Arcadia Charitable Trust to increase volunteer-based care of wild islands off the coast of Maine. The matching grant provides $75,000 over three years to hire a Stewardship Manager who will improve MITA's ability to provide stewardship of the islands, maintain its fleet of workboats, investigate new Trail sites, and develop
relationships with coastal communities.
"This important challenge grant will help us get local community members more involved in the stewardship of Trail sites in their backyard," said Doug Welch, MITA's Executive Director. "Community involvement in the care of uninhabited islands off the coast is key to the islands remaining accessible for visitation. Having a full time Stewardship Manager to coordinate these efforts will leverage the power of local volunteers through systematic, hands-on stewardship of their local islands."
Make a donation towards the challenge here
(remember to choose Arcadia Challenge in the drop down menu)!
Rikka Wommack joined MITA in December 2011. She grew up kayaking around the Maine islands, then departed to the Midwest for six years, during which time she earned a BA in religious studies from Carleton College. After graduating, she worked for two years in the publishing industry, editing and marketing environmentally-oriented children's books. She returned to Portland after growing homesick for the Atlantic and is thrilled to be back in Maine, not least for the proximity to real ski mountains. She is also exceptionally good at owning a banjo, though not nearly as good at playing it.
|Sea monsters on the Trail?
Earlier today we received an e-mail from a MITA member and we thought it was a great story so we got permission to share with all of you. To find out what Chris wrote about this picture and to weigh in on the poll visit MITA's facebook page.
We look forward to your answers!
|MITA is hiring!|
Position: Stewardship Manager
Responsibilities: The Stewardship Manager is responsible for the recruitment, training, coordination, and recognition of MITA's volunteer corps, for implementation of MITA's stewardship programs and for management of
MITA's marine fleet and equipment. Read more.