Down East Mag.: Millinocket rafting guide turned developer
Joshua F. Moore
Man with a Plan
This controversial Millinocket rafting guide turned developer doesn't believe ecotourism should be a dirty word in the North Woods.
For Matt Polstein, what began as a summer job guiding rafters down the Kennebec River has turned into a North Woods empire that converts the state's rivers, mountains, and trees into cold, hard cash. Two million dollars worth of it each year, to be exact. In the past twenty-five years Polstein's New England Outdoor Center has grown from operating out of broken-down school buses to the seven-acre Twin Pine Camps, a sprawling campus that offers year-round activities and camping and lodging in the shadow of Mount Katahdin.