Caribou Recreation Development, LLC

Caribou Recreation Development, LLC specializes in trail design and maintenance, planning services for public and private conservation lands, and Nordic ski area operation.

Trail Design

  • Monitor and report on recreation use patterns
  • Identify ecologically sensitive areas for further scientific research
  • Locate optimal trail corridors
  • Design trail route
  • Develop budgets and construction plans
  • Site and design campsites

Trail Management

  • Maintain working relationships with landowners, land managers, and volunteer organizations
  • Secure appropriate permits
  • Train and supervise trail construction crews
  • Create signage/standardized information system for hazards, destinations and policies
  • Identify and prioritize recreation projects in the backcountry.

Family Lands/Conservation Planning

  • Identify conservation options for landowners
  • Facilitate family discussions regarding conservation lands
  • Create plans for conservation and/or limited development
  • Identify conservation easement holders and negotiate easements
Mike Cooper, principal trail designer for Caribou, has a long history in outdoor recreation. He worked with Hurricane Island Outward Bound school as an educator and an administrator. Mike, along with the Bureau of Public Lands, built the Wright Trail in the Mahoosuc Range. He took a primary role in the completion of the Grafton Loop Trail as a designer, overseer of construction budgets, and construction supervisor. Mike is the active manager of one of Maine's oldest Nordic Ski Areas at The Bethel Inn Resort. He has contributed to several publications including AMC's Maine Mountain Guide, 7th and 9th ed. and Complete Guide to Trail Building and Construction 4th ed., as well as the Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics, North East Mountains. In addition to his experience in trail design and building, Mike also has educational backgrounds in Architecture and Fine Arts. Mike is an active member of the Mahoosuc Mountain Rescue Team and an avid Nordic skier.

Contact Caribou Recreation Development, LLC

Mike Cooper
Principal Trail Designer
23 Clark Street
P.O. Box 355
Bethel, Maine  04217
Phone: 207-357-7587


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Maine

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