May 22, 2018
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Grant would enable multiuse trail around Moosehead Lake

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Piscataquis County is working with Greenville municipal officials and recreational clubs to develop a multiuse off-road vehicle trail from the Greenville Junction Trailhead to the Prong Pond Trailhead, a move that would provide a snowmobile trail around Moosehead Lake.

Ken Woodbury of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council told the county commissioners Tuesday that a USDA Rural Business Enterprise grant is being sought to help fund the trail work. He said the trail would start at the Greenville Junction Trailhead and would connect with the Prong Pond Trailhead and on to the Kokadjo trails.

Woodbury returned to the council after resigning in December 2009 to assume the presidency of the College of the Marshall Islands. He resigned from that position last December and came back to Piscataquis County.

“This would be a multiuse trail, but I’m not sure where it would go; we just know where the two end points would be,” Woodbury said. The grant would allow the organizers to determine what the best route is depending upon ease and owner permissions, he added.

“If we get that trail, it will give us a snowmobile trail all the way around Moosehead Lake and it will give us an ATV trail all the way around Moosehead Lake except for two spots up in Seboomook,” Woodbury said. Those spots involve land owned by the Department of Conservation and the North Woods, he said.

Woodbury and Janet Sawyer, the council’s business development director, are working with Dover-Foxcroft and a private developer to secure a grant to start construction of a green business incubator and an information technology data center with fiber optics in the former Moosehead plant. He noted that the town soon would apply for a multimillion-dollar Economic Development Administration grant for the rest of the redevelopment project.

An application will be submitted this week for a $400,000 Communities for Maine’s Future grant, $200,000 of which would be used for Central Hall renovation and $200,000 for the development of a pedestrian river walk that is part of the Moosehead mill redevelopment. The walkway will feature benches, signs and six exercise stations accessible to the handicapped.  

The commissioners were told that the council staff also is working to help in the redevelopment of a former school into a business park and community center and is assisting businesses that wanted to expand.

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