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Open House at Demonstration Forest

September 11, 2006 - TRC

The public is invited to the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Demonstration Forest Open House at 9:00AM on Saturday, September 16th. Our interpretive trails wind through 180 acres of old farmstead, unique areas of headwater wetlands, which help to feed the Pleasant River, riparian areas, and a naturally formed 70 foot deep, 200 foot wide “canyon”. Throughout all of these areas there is a great diversity of flora and fauna.

Visitors will be provided with an opportunity to explore a small example of Maine’s forest as we explore the theme of “Wildlife”. The forest offers hiking, bird watching, hunting, snow shoeing and cross-country ski trails for year round enjoyment. The Maine Audubon Society has listed the Demonstration Forest in their “Maine Birding Trails” Directory. The Southern Piscataquis Regional Recreation Map and Guide that was issued in 2006 includes the Demonstration Forest as a recreation and tourism site in this county. This map is a partnership of the Cultural and Heritage Ecotourism Committee of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

There is an outdoor classroom, an information kiosk, a geocache site, picnic tables and benches. Interpretive signposts guide and teach visitors throughout their forest journey. Brochures are available to the public to explain the significance of each posted location along the trails.

The forest supports both educational and recreational opportunities for the public, while it also serves as a training site for teachers, foresters and others interested in conservation education. Workshops and tours are conducted throughout the year on various topics, including forestry and silvaculture, Best Management Practices, soil and water conservation, vernal pools, mushrooms and more. Foresters, teachers and the general public are encouraged to make use of the forest for educational and recreational purposes. The site is available to other natural resource education groups who wish to host programs and events there.

Work on the forest has been ongoing and has been accomplished with the assistance of many partners, conservation groups and volunteers. The annual Open House provides individuals, families and groups an opportunity to learn more about this natural resource right here in our community. Snacks and beverages will be provided. The Demonstration Forest is located on the Old Williamsburg Road in Williamsburg Township. Directions and more information is available at our district office.

Please pre-register for the Open House at the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District office at 42 Pine Crest Drive, Dover – Foxcroft or by calling 564 – 2321, Extension 3.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.