Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary Nature Center Now Open
May 31, 2006 - TRC
ELLIOTSVILLE PLANTATION - The nature center at Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary is open to the public through the end of October.
The trailside nature center located on the shore of Sunrise Pond features interactive displays and information about the area’s natural and human history.
Open year-round, the sanctuary’s 1,600 acres include old-growth forest, crystalline ponds, exposed mountain rocks and sweeping views. A three-mile trail leads to Borestone Mountain’s rock summit and 360-degree view.
Accessible only by boat or on foot, private Adirondack-style lodges accommodate retreats for adults and summer camp sessions for children. The facility can be rented for the day, weekend or week; for more information call Bob Savage at (207)-781-2330, ext. 228.
Thanks to local donors and volunteers, the sanctuary has enjoyed a number of improvements in the last few years, with more ahead.
Hiking has become safer with new stone steps and iron rungs and rails on the Base and Summit trails. Road improvements make getting from the base to the nature center easier. The lodges feature new electrical wiring and furnishings.
This summer Maine Audubon will continue renovating the Guide’s Cabin which, when completed, will allow greater rental capacity at the lodges. Maine Audubon will also install a new water system and outdoor slate steps, make electrical upgrades at the lodges, and continue improving the base trail.
“We couldn’t have done these improvements without the community,” said Don Annis, manager of the sanctuary. “Maine Audubon is grateful to all the donors and volunteers who support Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary and its lodges.
The public is welcome to visit the lodges at the annual the open house and Hikeathon Sunday, July 15.
Borestone’s leadership supporters this past year include: East Sangerville Grange #177, Estate of Susannah Hart Dillman, Fields Pond Foundation, Inc., Mr. Edward L. Gardner, Steve Jackson, George Libby, G.M. Libby & Sons Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Mercy, Jr., Robert T. & Margaret C. Moore Memorial Trust, Maine Conservation Corps, McIntosh and Tuttle Cabinetmakers, Piscataquis County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Piscataquis Public Health Council, Quimby Family Foundation, Katrina Smathers, Sigety Family Foundation, John Tatco of Sheldon Slate Products Company, Mrs. Betty J. Tatem, Ed and Sandy Thompson and Wing-Benjamin Trust
Borestone was bequeathed to the National Audubon Society in 1958 by the family of Robert T. Moore. In 2000 the sanctuary was transferred to Maine Audubon as part of its affiliation with National Audubon.
MAINE AUDUBON works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action.
For more information please call, Marie Malin, (207) 781-2330, ext. 241
NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.