Jon Kachmar

BDN Maine Community News| Post Date: June 5, 2020

BIDDEFORD — The board of directors of the Eastern Trail Alliance and the Eastern Trail Management District announced this week the hiring of Jon Kachmar as its next executive director.

Kachmar has extensive experience that includes working closely with government agencies, municipal officials and business and nonprofit leaders across New England focused on the triple bottom line benefits — environmental, social and economic wins.

“My introduction to Jon came nearly 20 years ago when he led an effort that resulted in the “Saco Bay Management Plan,” a blueprint for the communities of Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Saco and Scarborough to aid in managing their coastal resources,” said Bob Hamblen, president of the Eastern Trail Alliance. “Jon is a consummate professional with a great employment background and a love of the outdoors. We’re excited to welcome his assistance with the continued development of the Eastern Trail.”

Kachmar is equally excited about his new role. “I have observed first-hand how parks and trails can offer significant benefits to mental and physical well-being, environmental stewardship, sustainable tourism, and cultural vibrancy of communities. The Eastern Trail, and its connection to the East Coast Greenway, is a shining example of the magic that can happen when people and nature are matched up to provide mutual benefits.”