AUGUSTA – The money, donated by Frank Trautmann, will go into a new trust that’s expected to grow to $10 million dollars. The money comes with no strings attached, and the three-member Baxter State Park Authority will decide how it’s allocated.
Baldaccisays the money’s expected to defray the rising costs of running the park and keep users’ fees reasonable.
86-year-old Trautmann, a retired manager in a Southern New England manufacturing business, was a park volunteer who helped maintain trails and donated huts for campers.
His donation is the second major improvement for Baxter in less than a year. The deed to a 4,000-acre parcel that includes the picturesque Katahdin Lake was transferred to the park authority last December.