RANGELEY – The co-founder and president of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, a regional land conservation organization focusing on the Western Maine lakes and mountains region, has announced his retirement after 25 years with the RLHT.
Ed Kfoury helped found the RLHT in 1990. Paul Reynolds has been elected to succeed Kfoury as president.
During Kfoury’s tenure the organization has conserved more than 13,500 acres of land encompassing over 50 miles of lake and river frontage, 17 islands and over 500 acres of wetlands. The organization served as the regional coordinator of the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byways program, obtaining over $5 million for improvements and enhancements to the Rangeley Region.
Beyond general roadway improvements the enhancements included the Height of Land and Whipwillow scenic overlooks, educational signage and information throughout the byway and public restrooms in Rangeley and Oquossoc.
In addition, Kfoury guided the creation of Camp EcoVenture a summer youth program focusing on outdoor recreation and environmental education that is attended by more than 100 youth annually. He also spearheaded a unique conservation project that resulted in the improvement of the Cupsuptic Lake Park & Campground.
“The accomplishments of the organization under Ed’s leadership are nothing short of remarkable,” Reynolds said, “and his legacy will benefit generations to come.”
In recognition of Kfoury’s leadership, that resulted in organizational achievement recognized at the local, state and national levels, he has been designated as President Emeritus of the organization and will continue to serve in an advisory capacity. The Board of Directors has also established a scholarship fund in his name for the Camp EcoVenture summer youth program.
If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund or desire additional information, please call the RLHT at (207) 864-7311 or visit their website at www.rlht.org