Bog boardwalk to open Tuesday with ceremony marking 10th year

Posted April 26, 2012, at 4:42 p.m.
Last modified April 26, 2012, at 7:09 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The annual May 1 opening of the Orono Bog Boardwalk will include a ceremony to mark the start of the facility’s 10th year of operation.

The ceremony will be held at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, before the boardwalk opens to the public at 7 a.m.

The boardwalk is located in the Rolland F. Perry City Forest in Bangor, where it wends its way through forested wetland and out onto a broad, open peat bog.

As the season unfolds in the rare habitat, visitors can observe many plant and animal species, including orchids, carnivorous plants and migratory birds. The wheelchair-accessible boardwalk features seven interpretive stations along its route, as well as numerous benches where visitors may rest and contemplate their surroundings.

It is free of charge and open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week during spring and summer, with hours adjusting for day-length changes in autumn.

The boardwalk is jointly managed by the Orono Land Trust, the city of Bangor and the University of Maine. Its operation and maintenance are funded entirely through donations and sales of merchandise.

For information about the boardwalk, visit www.oronobogwalk.org, email jim.bird@umit.maine.edu, or call 581-1697.

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