Blueberries ripening and roads under repair in Moosehorn refuge

Posted July 25, 2011, at 5:33 p.m.

CALAIS, Maine — Blueberries are ripening on schedule in Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, according to refuge manager Bill Kolodnicki, who encouraged the public to take advantage of the refuge’s diverse recreational opportunities.

The refuge burns blueberry land periodically to keep it in production for humans and animals. Two such fields are located a 300-yard walk or bike ride behind the refuge headquarters office, according to a press release Monday. Blueberry picking on the refuge is by hand only, and visitors are limited to two quarts per person per day. Bears and other wildlife often feeds on the berries too, especially in the early morning and late evening hours, Kolodnicki said in the release.

Visitors are reminded that some of the roads and bridges on the refuge are still washed out because of the unusually heavy rain in December 2010. Some roads still are closed because of the washouts, while other damaged roads may be open to hiking and biking. Use caution and look for washouts in the road ahead. Refuge staff are in the process of repairing some of the washouts, including Icehouse Road, which will be closed periodically due to heavy equipment operation, through the end of August. Check for closure signs before entering Icehouse Road from US Route 1 and Charlotte Road. Other roads, such as Vose Pond Road and South Trail, may be closed for an extended period.

For additional information on blueberry picking, fishing and other opportunities at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, call 454-7161 or visit the headquarters, located off the Charlotte Road, about 3 miles south of Route 1. For information on Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, visit http://www.fws.gov/northeast/moosehorn/.

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