182 projects get outdoor heritage grants

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Many years ago, when I worked for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, we teamed up with Maine Audubon to create the Outdoor Heritage program with the support of the legislature and Governor Angus King.

MOHF has now awarded more than $20 million to projects around the state. For many years, Carol Gay has done a great job of staffing this program.

In the most recent grants were one for environmental education at the new 4-H Outdoor Learning Center at Greenland Point and others to help with hiking trails and even the removal of a dam.

You can see the entire list of 182 grants given in the last round here:


If you have a project that could use a grant, you’ll find the application requirements here:


and you can always call Carol at 207-458-8421 for assistance are answers to your questions. You do need to line up a sponsoring department by January 15 so you’ll want to get right on this.

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George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.