Organizations work together to create map for back-country rescuers
The High Peaks Alliance, Franklin Search and Rescue, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency, NorthStar and the Center for Community GIS have all partnered to create a new, emergency service, pre-planning map focused on back-country rescue. The new map includes popular trail systems, boat launches, campgrounds, rescue zones on snowmobile and ATV trails, woods roads and other information vital to planning rescues on Franklin County trail systems and wilderness areas.
“We hope this will be a valuable resource for all the hard working professionals and volunteers who drop everything and respond when someone is lost or hurt in the back country,” said Ben Godsoe of High Peaks Alliance. The number of visitors to the High Peaks is steadily increasing and as more people recreate in remote areas, the number of accidents is likely to increase as well.
The mapping project was made possible by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund. The High Peaks Alliance would like to thank all the volunteers, trail groups and professionals who contributed information and time to the project. For more information please visit www.highpeaksalliance.org.