Brownville receives Maine Forest Service grantJune 06, 2008 - TRCThe Town of Brownville has received an $8,000 grant from the Maine Forest Service for tree planting and maintenance through the Project Canopy Assistance Program. The grant was developed with the assistance of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council Brownville has selected three sites for tree plantings and will match the $8,000 cash grant with in-kind labor and equipment use of the town’s public works department. The project was designed through the volunteered talents of community member Terry Knowles and Robert and Hazel Durant, owners of Field of Dreams.The first site is the vacant lot of the former Brownville High School. Hardwood shade trees will be planted along the North Street and Front Street sides with Blue Spruce along the other long side. The possibility of creating a community skating rink in the winter is being considered.The Village Playground is scheduled to have the Pleasant River side regraded to decrease the angle and the banking replanted with junipers to eliminate mowing, increase water retention and reduce runoff. Split rail fences will be added along the north side and shade trees planted to provide sun screen. Hydrangeas and bridal wreath will be added for color and contrast.At the Brownville Town Office, dwarf Alberta Spruce will be planted to accentuate the planned information kiosk.The planting and enhancements are meant to improve the function and appearance of the high school site and the Village Playground as a year round civic and recreational attraction. The addition of the trees will also help protect these sensitive watershed areas by providing additional soil stability and filtration.Submitted by Dr. Ken Woodbury, PCEDCNOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.