“I Love Our Maine Lands” contest seeks photos of Tumbledown, Kennebec Highlands, Bold Coast, and other beloved Public Reserved Lands
NRCM News Release
Augusta, ME—Now through Monday, October 26, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is inviting everyone to participate in the “I Love Our Maine Lands” photo contest.
“Participation is fun and simple,” says Eliza Donoghue, NRCM’s North Woods policy advocate. “We’re inviting people to visit one of Maine’s spectacular Public Reserved Lands, take photos, and send them to us.”
“Public Reserved Lands” is the official title for 600,000 acres of Maine forestlands that are held in the public trust for current and future generations. These include some of Maine’s most treasured places—Tumbledown Mountain, the Kennebec Highlands, Cutler’s “Bold” Coast, and more than 30 other treasured places throughout the state. Access is free, and these places are open to the public and provide fantastic recreational opportunities—hiking, paddling, wildlife watching, camping, and, of course, taking photographs.
Although many people are familiar with Tumbledown Mountain, the Mahoosuc range, Kennebec Highlands, Bigelow Preserve, and the Cutler Coast, some may not know that they are part of Maine’s Public Reserved Land system. In addition to recreational opportunities, these natural areas are important for wildlife habitat and sustainable forestry, proceeds from which are essential for maintaining important infrastructure on the lands.
NRCM is committed to protecting this legacy for Maine people and others to enjoy, for generations to come.
“Fall is a great time to explore our beautiful state outdoors,” said Donoghue. “We invite you to savor one of your favorite places, or discover a new one as you focus on our natural treasures for our photo contest.”
Winners will be awarded prizes including outdoor gear, books, gift certificates to Maine businesses, and more. All photos will be featured in a special NRCM slide show and photo exhibit. For more information about the “I Love Our Maine Lands” photo contest, and a map and list of Maine’s Public Reserved Lands, visit www.nrcm.org/forest-wildlife/public-lands-photo-contest/.