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Open House at PCSWCD’S Demonstration Forest

September 15, 2007 - TRC

The public is invited to the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Demonstration Forest Annual Open House in Williamsburg Township on Saturday, September 15th.

At 9:00AM visitors will learn about the cultural heritage of this region and of the Demonstration Forest land area. Local historians William Sawtell, Walter MacDougall and Paul Foulkes will each present on the history of this area, the early settlers here, and what brought them here.

At 10:00AM Jim Macomber, of Penquis CAP and Maine’s Best, and Gordon Moore, of the Maine Forest Service, will lead participants on an exciting geocache discovery quest in the forest, learning the skill of orienteering using the GPS mapping units.

Our interpretive trails wind through 180 acres of old farmstead, which is now forest, and unique areas of headwater wetlands, which help to feed the Pleasant River. Throughout all of these areas there is a great diversity of flora and fauna. 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 include 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, geocache site, picnic tables and benches. 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 Demonstration Forest Community Development project is currently underway involving partnerships with Greenville High School and Foxcroft Academy’s Art Department and the Tri-County Technical Center’s Graphic Arts and Communication Departments, the Charlotte White Center’s Vocational Case Management Program and local individuals and businesses to heighten awareness of the forest and its resources as a community asset.

The Demonstration Forest is located on the Old Williamsburg Road in Williamsburg Township. Directions and more information are available at our district office.

Please pre-register for the Open House by Friday, September 7th so that the district may plan for educational materials, snacks and beverages. Contact the Conservation District office at 42 Pine Crest Drive, Dover – Foxcroft, by calling 564 – 2321, Extension 3 or by e-mailing info@piscataquisswcd.org. We look forward to seeing you and your family there !

Laurie McKenney 207.564.2321

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