LIBERTY — Friends of Haystack Mountain (FOHM), a local group of volunteers in Waldo County, is raising $450,000 to purchase and preserve Haystack Mountain, a 57-acre property located in the rural town of Montville. This iconic, bald rock summit and blueberry barren has been enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts of all ages for generations. Once purchased, the land will be preserved and managed by Midcoast Conservancy, a local land trust. Public access will remain in perpetuity.

FOHM hosts two free public events in November. The first event is a storybook hike to Haystack Mountain’s summit Sunday, Nov. 6. Liberty Library has provided the children’s book “Over in the Forest” by Marianne Berkes in story walk format, which means that individual pages of the book will be situated along the Haystack Mountain trail from its base to the summit. This is a great family opportunity to encourage children to hike the 1-mile loop trail. The guided hike will begin at 1 p.m. at the Roberts Field parking lot behind the Donald S. Walker Health Center, 43 W. Main St.

The second public event is Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Liberty Town Office’s Overlock Room, 7 Water St. This is a community meeting to provide an update on Friends of Haystack Mountain’s activities, “brainstorm” for future fundraising events and donor opportunities and discuss multi-use recreational possibilities.

FOHM will gratefully accept donations at the event(s) or online to support the preservation of Haystack Mountain. The group is pleased to announce that a generous donor has offered a matching donation of $10,000. This means that all donations, starting immediately, will be matched up to $10,000.

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