By Cindy Macdonald
Twin Rivers Paper Company is showing its support for the Four Seasons Trail Association (FSTA) by pledging up to US$45,000 for land acquisition.
The organization is looking to purchase the land on which their trails and lodge are located to make the multi-use trails permanent.
“We are lucky to have a resource like FSTA that is committed to providing the recreational facilities that foster appreciation of the natural beauty in the St. John Valley and encourage residents to be active. Supporting this organization and its world class trail system is a win, win for everyone,” commented Tim Lowe, CEO of Twin Rivers Paper Co.
FTSA President Colin Jandreau explains: “Ownership of the land gives us the opportunity to make much needed changes to the trail footprint, accommodating an even greater number of people from serious athletes in training, to recreational users looking to enjoy the outdoors and maintain their fitness.”
The trails are primarily on private land in Maine.
Over the past eight years, the organization has been buying land from the owners, raising more than US$250,000 in local contributions and grant money to acquire about 150 acres of the approximately 240 acres of land.
Twin Rivers pledged to help with the final two parcels of land which total 90 acres through a program that matches funds raised by FSTA between 2015 and 2018. To date, FSTA has raised approximately US$20,000 toward the goal.
Twin Rivers Paper Co. is an integrated specialty paper company with operations in Maine and New Brunswick.