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Nature Tourism Itinerary Places New Logo Signs

June 05, 2008 - TRC

Brownville, ME - State, regional and local officials, including Commissioner David Cole from Dept. of Transportation and Commissioner John Richardson from Dept. of Economic and Community Development, will be helping to place the first of several new nature tourism itinerary logo signs in the Brownville area on June 5,2008 on Rt. 11 at 1:00 P.M. near the entrance to Katahdin Iron Works and Gulf Hagas. The logo signage is the first stage toward better identification of fourteen sites that will form a basic nature tourism itinerary called the Great Maine Woods and Waters Tour through Piscataquis County. Through the early summer months, DOT workers will be installing new and better directional signage to these sites that will be tagged with the new chickadee logo identifiers. This event is part of an education process to alert regional residents regarding this new tourism product that is in the final stages of development.

Following the MOOT event on Rt. 11, there will be a sign planting at the entrance to the Katahdin Iron Works Jo-Mary Forest, eleven miles in on the KI road. This second sign placement event will mark the beginning of directional signage to Gulf Hagas and Katahdin Iron Works from both Brownville and Greenville. This will be in recognition of the fact that this area has never been officially signed and has come about through tremendous cooperation from all of the private landowners within the KOM Forest and Plum Creek Timberlands, Inc.. Private landowners involved in KIJM Forest are J.M. Huber Corporation, Carrier Timberlands, LLC,, AMC Maine Woods, Inc., Prentiss & Carlisle Company, Inc., Katahdin Forest Management, LLC, and, the National Park Service. The Great Maine Woods and Waters itinerary from west to east begins at Mt. Kineo and includes the Little Moose Unit of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, the Moosehead Marine Museum, Lily Bay State Park, the Route 15 trail head of the Appalachian Trail near Monson, the Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, the Guilford River Walk, Peaks-Kenny State Park, the Pleasant River Walk, the Piscataquis Soil and Water Conservation District Demonstration Forest, Katahdin Iron Works, Gulf Hagas, the Seboeis Lake Unit of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, and the Route 11 scenic turn-out Katahdin View on South Twin Lake. This grouping of nature experiences offers everything from an easily accessible, brief encounter with the beautiful natural resources of Piscataquis County to the opportunity to immerse oneself for days in natural areas like Gulf Hagas and the Little Moose and Seboeis BPL units.

Funding for the nature tourism itinerary planning work and signage has come from the Maine Office of Tourism through the support of local legislators and from the Piscataquis County Commissioners.

Gerry Whiting of Appalachian Mountain Club and chair of the Nature Tourism Committee says, "It is very exciting to finally see signs going into the ground." Other committee members are Scott Snell of Wilson's Camps at East Outlet of Moosehead Lake and Terry Knowles of Brownville. The Nature Tourism Committee is a subcommittee of the Piscataquis Tourism Task Force which falls under the larger banner of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Committee.

Piscataquis County is one of three designated "pilot" regions in Maine, under Governor Baldacci's Nature Tourism Initiative that was an outcome of the Blaine House Conference on Natural Resources and the work of the Maine Tourism Commission. The "pilot" regions were formed to work on creating the process for developing new tourism product in the form of itineraries or experiences that will offer visitors insight into the culture, history and resources of a region. At a later date this year, new interpretive signs will be placed at several of these sites to help visitors understand the historic and cultural significance of these sites and the resources they sustain to the region.

For more information about the itinerary go to ww \v .themainehigh lands.com and click on Great Maine Woods and Waters Tour.

Rain date for the event will be June 6,2008 at 1:00 P.M.

Submitted by Terry Knowles with Gerry Whiting, Nature Tourism Committee, Chairman
Telephone: 207-829-3410 E-mail: gwhiting@outdoors org and
Donna Fichtner, staff, Telephone: 207-631-9005
Email: donnafffigwi.net

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