Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust honored David Doherty of Orland and Peter Keeney of Bar Harbor as 2015-16 Volunteers of the Year, at the land trust’s annual meeting July 10.

The land trust recognized Doherty for his volunteer work rebuilding the Stuart Gross Trail on Orland’s Great Pond Mountain, and his participation in the Adopt-a-Path program in the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, where he has adopted three trails this season. With Doherty’s help, the trust won a $20,000 grant 18 months ago from McKee Foods—Doherty’s employer—for rebuilding the trail on Great Pond Mountain.

Keeney was honored for his role in organizing the annual Wildlands Trail Run for the past ten years, and Wildlands Snowshoe Race since 2002. Both races are benefits for the land trust, and each year Keeney has set up the courses, solicited prizes, cooked food and made homemade prizes for each race. The Wildlands Trail Run, now part of the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge, has drawn as many as 75 runners in recent years.

For more information on GPMCT programs or volunteering, call 469-6929, e-mail [email protected] or visit Volunteer workdays are held every other Saturday this season (July 23, Aug. 6 & 20 and Sept. 3 & 17), and boundary workdays each Friday.

Photo: Peter Keeney by Hans Krichels


PHOTOS – two from July 10 annual meeting, Emily Hawkins presenting VOY award, and two photos of the volunteers at work.


Cheri Domina

Executive Director

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust

PO Box 266

Orland, ME  04472

207 469-6929

[email protected]