Our founder, colleague, and friend, Ed Kfoury, passed away early on Wednesday, May 18, at his winter home on Sanibel Island, Florida.

Ed was a force of nature. He was a powerful advocate and agent for conservation in the Rangeley Region and across the State of Maine, founding the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust in 1991 with friends who understood the urgency of conserving the Rangeley Region. His passion, tenacity, and ability to connect with and motivate people helped launch Maine’s current era of conservation. He was active and engaging till the very end.

Each of us is unique and irreplaceable, but clearly, we will never see his like again. Together, we can do our best to build upon the foundation he laid.

Stop by when you’re in town to meet our new Natural Resource Specialist.

Funding will help permanently protect nearly 1,000 wetland acres and local fish and wildlife.

Read the full press release from collins.senate.gov below.

George Adams of Lancaster, NH, passed away at the Morrison after a short illness on April 12, 2022. He was born September 2, 1928, in Boston, MA, the son of George C. and Elizabeth Covel of Boston. He received his GED certificate from Massachusetts Education Department in 1952. He married Shirley Whipple in 1957, and they celebrated their sixtieth anniversary in 2017. George was employed by the DuPont Company in Wilmington, DE, for twenty-plus years, after which they retired to Dallas Plantation, Rangeley, ME, in 1988.

They became a part of the Rangeley Community in many ways. He was the photographer at the EcoVenture youth program sponsored by the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust for ten years. He was known for his landscape photography, and in 2012 he self-published a Rangeley photo essay book that he called his one claim to fame. He also provided an annual nature calendar for ten years, which contained Rangeley’s pristine landscape scenes. Besides the school children and the EcoVenture effort, his favorite interest was using his camera on the wildlife and land around his favorite locations.

You don’t have to be a expert (and most of us aren’t) to join in the RBF. Our world-class guides and small groups create a friendly, low-stress environment to learn with the best. Space is limited – register to save your spot!

Not into the whole weekend? Try a single workshop. Explore the options and if you have questions, please ask!

The fourth annual Rangeley Birding Festival (RBF), to be held June 10 through 12, will announce and present the John Bicknell Award for Conservation and Birding. The award honors the legacy of Bicknell, a Rangeley resident who led the effort to get sanctuary designation on the Mingo Springs golf course and who has been recognized for environmental stewardship by Audubon International.

Mooselookmeguntic Improvement Association Board Member Susan Koob, 66, of Oquossoc, passed Feb. 16, 2022, at her winter home in Stuart, FL. 

Originally from CT, Susan moved with her family to Camp Antlers in Oquossoc as a young girl. She attended and graduated from Rangeley High School, meeting her husband of 43 years, Larry, while there. 

Donations in her honor can be made to Franklin County Animal Shelter, 550 Industry Rd., Farmington, ME 04938.

On Wednesday, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (RLHT) completed the purchase of 1,731 acres of forest, shorefront, and wetlands, including over two miles of undeveloped shorefront and uplands surrounding 190-acre Little Kennebago Lake and nine miles of frontage on the upper Kennebago River from Crowley Brook to Little Kennebago Lake.

We took a quick pause to reflect on our work and goals. Take a look back at our accomplishments and impact in 2021.