A Trail and Blueberry Wine
We are all about partnerships and innovation – in this case, one landowner, two conservation organizations, a trail, and a vintner. We celebrated this winning combination on Appleton Ridge in July.
Jim and Ann Robbins have been conservation leaders in Maine and for GRLT for many years. When they saw 74 acres for sale on Appleton Ridge that had part of our Ridge to River Trail, Georges River frontage, promising timber lands, and productive blueberry fields, they knew it had to be permanently conserved.
Through a conservation easement with Maine Farmland Trust, this property and our trail are now protected forever. And sweetening the deal is Bluet, a new Maine company that leases the blueberry fields and makes sparkling wild blueberry wine. Thanks Bluet for becoming a GRLT sponsor!
In July, we were delighted to attend a wine launch party where we led the guests on a mile walk on the Ridge to River trail on the easement property down to the Georges River. This section is one of the most beautiful on the river, known as the Wilderness Loop. Congratulations to us all for this win-win-win conservation project!