After an exhaustive search, Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust hired a new executive director in March. Simon Rucker grew up hiking in the mountains of Maine and after living in New York City for ten years, he decided he wanted to settle in a place with clean air, tall trees and over 281 miles of Appalachian Trail to hike on with his wife and two children. He comes to Maine A.T. Land Trust from one of our partner organizations, The Trust for Public Land. In his project work in New York, Simon saw first-hand how deeply development and incompatible uses can effect conservation land. Land along the Appalachian Trail corridor in Maine is largely unprotected. Under Simon’s leadership we hope Maine A.T. Land Trust can help to conserve vulnerable lands for use by future generations. And we need your support!