Why I Support GRLT: Jane Karker, Trail Steward
“As a lifelong trail user, I feel a sense of obligation. I like the conservation aspect and how GRLT addresses climate change by protecting these habitats. GRLT is a great mix of people. No matter what your political outlook is, I’m hoping we can all come together to agree on conserving this beautiful watershed.”
- GRLT Supporter Since: 1996
- Home: South Thomaston, on a beautiful farm on the Saint George River
- What I do: I own Custom Museum Publishing and Maine Authors Publishing. We specialize in art catalogs, marketing material, and cooperative-style publishing for local authors, artists, and historical societies. We will hold our second Maine Authors Book Festival in August of 2021 in Thomaston.
- An accomplishment I am most proud of: My passion is to provide meaningful work for graduates of liberal arts, English, and the arts as my employees. A big challenge in Maine is to retain our talent. I am proud I have made a dent in that.
- My dream: Is to retire or semi-retire so that I can do more volunteer trail work with GRLT and have more time to spend exploring the outdoors.
- My favorite trail or preserve: The Bobolink Trail at the Riverview Hayfields Preserve. As an amateur birder, I appreciate how the farmers have historically agreed not to hay the fields until the Bobolinks have fledged. I call this area “The Big Sky.” I live near the trail and I have seen a variety of wildlife here—moose, otters, fishers, porcupines, eagles, foxes, eastern coyotes, deer, and even a bobcat.