Fires on the Mountains: Saddleback, ME

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Saddleback, ME Saddleback This small ski area is trying to expand onto 1,800 acres of private land that it already owns. There's just one problem: The final link of the Appalachian Trail stands in the way. Thus far the National Park Service is not willing to let a ski run or a chairlift cross the trail, even though Saddleback has offered to mitigate such access by donating 660 acres of land to the government-double the amount that the Park Service is entitled to in acquiring the right-of-way. Public hearings and negotiations with the Park Service are underway.

Ski Area contact: Ted Doyle (617)558-7786 Website: www.saddlebackskiarea.com Email: saddleback@rangeley.com

National Park Service Contact: (304)535-6279 Website: www.nps.gov/aptr/ea.html