If you believe in conserving wildlife and open spaces, then the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund scratch lottery tickets are for you.
The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF) conserves wildlife and open spaces through the sale of instant, scratch lottery tickets. With proceeds from ticket sales, grants are awarded twice a year, totaling approximately $700,000 annually.
The MOHF was established in 1996 to help natural resource agencies and conservation groups fund projects over and above what is supported by their annual operating budgets.
The revenue from special scratch lottery tickets – currently Lucky Catch, are dedicated to the MOHF. The seven-member Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board chooses projects in four categories that promote conservation of Maine’s fish and wildlife habitat, acquisition and management of special places, endangered species, and conservation law enforcement.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) has been very fortunate to receive funding for two snowmobiles over the last couple years. These Skidoo Expedition snowmobiles are used for winter search and rescue operations, delivery of supplies to remote sections of the waterway, and to ensure compliance with AWW rules and regulations.
Allagash Rangers often work alone in some of the most isolated locations in the Northwoods of Maine. They need dependable snowmobiles to safely do their jobs. A rescue at a place like Allagash Lake can take several hours to complete. A dependable snowmobile is a must in these situations!
Over the last ten years, the AWW has received funding for the following MOHF projects: GPS units, digital cameras, two satellite phones, MURS radios, an educational video series, and most recently- two snowmobiles. These items have helped to better equip rangers, and provide valuable pre-trip information to waterway visitors.
The MOHF has supplied supplemental financial resources to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and other natural resource agencies for some very worthwhile projects over the years. To learn more about the MOHF and view a list of funded projects, go to: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/programs-resources/grants/outdoor-heritage-fund.html
If you are going to buy a scratch lottery ticket, please purchase the ticket that supports conservation projects all around the great State of Maine. Rangers on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway are very thankful for the new snowmobiles purchased with grant money provided by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.
Please help us spread the word about the MOHF scratch lottery ticket. The more tickets that are sold, the more projects can be funded!
AWW notes: The annual campground registration for the Chamberlain Bridge parking lot and Kellogg Brook site with take place on December 8, 2018, at the Chamberlain Bridge Ranger Station. Camping spaces will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning at 8:00 am.