This past summer, Downeast Lakes Land Trust contracted the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) to build almost 2 miles of new trail in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest (DLCF), and make several improvements to existing trails. The MCC crew did an excellent job, extending and completing the Tower Hill Trail, and building the Trail to Tomorrow, a .6 mile loop located in the heart of Grand Lake Stream, at the end of Tough End.
A few finishing touches are always needed for these major projects, and today, DLLT staff were joined by several volunteers from the “Friends of the Community Forest.” A new initiative that brings local volunteers into the DLCF to help maintain trails, clean up trash, and much more, the “Friends” group is a growing network of folks who are interested in environmental stewardship and improving their local public lands. An active group of dedicated volunteers is essential to the success and overall well-being of any community forest, and we are very grateful for their help!
Today’s group had an excellent time on a hot, late-September day. They installed two trailhead kiosks, hauled cedar boards for future bog bridging projects, and cleared and leveled an area that will sport a trail side bench next spring. Accomplishing a lot in a few short hours, these folks showed the true meaning of community-led conservation, and proved that many hands make light work.
If you are interested in signing up for the “Friends of the Community Forest,” please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DLLT is generating an email list of volunteers, and throughout the year, we will be organizing “work parties” to complete outdoor projects, clean up trails and campsites, and build recreation infrastructure in the community forest. Be sure to keep an eye out for the next work day!