Brian Marcaurelle, director of the Maine Island Trail Association, will visit COA on April 11 to talk about the recreational water trail. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN SMITH

Marcaurelle to talk about Maine Island Trail

BAR HARBOR — Brian Marcaurelle, program director of the Maine Island Trail Association, will talk about what he calls, “one of the finest paths ever to be sailed, paddled or otherwise boated along the entire coast of Maine” at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum on Tuesday, April 11, at 4:10 p.m. The talk will take place in McCormick Lecture Hall and is free and open to the public.

The Maine Island Trail is America’s oldest, and arguably most beautiful, recreational water trail. Stretching over 375 miles, its breathtaking route has been the subject of accolade and awe.

Intended as a resource for those in Maine who love the outdoors and want to experience it in a unique way, Marcaurelle said that the Maine Island Trail presents a wilderness experience like no other.

The water trail consists of roughly 200 private and publicly owned islands and beaches. It is managed by Marcaurelle and a group of dedicated staff and volunteers, who work with property owners and recreational users to promote good land stewardship and enjoyment of the waterways. Their tireless efforts to create a safe, environmentally friendly and deeply rewarding experience have resulted in a successful conservation effort, Marcaurelle said.

“The Maine Island Trail was built on simple handshakes and is maintained by conscientious users,” said Marcaurelle.

Marcaurelle holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s in biology and environmental studies from Bowdoin College. He has been working with the Maine Island Trail Association for the past 12 years and assumed responsibilities as program director in 2009. He looks forward to taking every opportunity to get out on the water and follow the trail.

The Human Ecology Forum is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.



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