Chewonki leads National Trails Day event in Wiscasset

Posted May 24, 2011, at 1:53 p.m.

WISCASSET — The Chewonki Foundation and the Wiscasset Conservation Commission have invited outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate National Trails Day by helping to clear a community trail on Chewonki Neck in Wiscasset June 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will work with Chewonki staff to re-mark and clean up a portion of the Back River Trail. The event is part of a national effort of the American Hiking Society to bring together hikers around the country for a day of service on America’s trails.

“Making the Back River Trail more user-friendly for local hikers is a great way to give meaning to this nationwide community service day,” saids Willard Morgan, president of Chewonki, in a a press release.

The Back River Trail and other pubic trails in Wiscasset are highlighted in Wiscasset’s Community Trails, a booklet created by the Wiscasset Conservation Commission and available in the Wiscasset Town Office.

Volunteers are asked to meet on the porch of Chewonki’s Center for Environmental Education (the large red building on the left), 485 Chewonki Neck Road, Wiscasset.  Bring bug spray and a water bottle, and wear work clothes (waterproof, if the weather’s still wet) and bring work gloves and small and/or big clippers/loppers, if you can.  If you have a chainsaw and know how to use it, bring that, too, along with safety glasses.

Chewonki will provide hammers, nails, trail markers — and snacks to keep you going.  All volunteers are welcome to have lunch at Chewonki afterwards.  If you plan to stay for lunch, please let Chewonki know by 3 p.m. on May 31.

For more information or to make a reservation for lunch, email aleslie@chewonki.org or call Anne at 882-5554.

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