Programs: Black bear research and education: the foundation is working with renowned black bear specialist ben kilham to research the behavior of black bears, and to educate the public about bears. Educating the public about bear behavior is critical in order to enhance cohabitation, reduce bear/human conflict and promote wildlife conservation. The foundation already has invested in a specialized computer system that enables it to catalog bear behavior photographs and download and catalog satellite gps tracking information. (no costs incurred by foundation in fye 2017 as this was volunteer time) cross country skiing: in 2016/2017 we had approximately 12,000 ski visits to the 40k (25 miles) of skate and classic cross country ski trails that we groom and maintain. These trails are available to the public free of charge. We also went through in excess of 2000 cups of hot chocolate in the cross country ski warming huts. This is promoting healthy outdoor activities during the winter months and education about connecting to nature through this activity. Three dozen sets of ski, boots, and poles were available as free loaners to the public. Morton trails spent the summer designing two 2. 5 kilometer homologated cross country ski courses and 7 kilometers of recreation ski courses. This will allow individuals, high school and college athletes throughout new england to ski on internation ski federation (fis) and olympic certified courses. Construction to take place 2018.