FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2014
Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District
42 Engdahl Drive
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
Phone: 564-2321, Extension 3
Join us for Outdoor Projects at the Law Farm Volunteer Day
The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a Law Farm Volunteer Day in Dover-Foxcroft on Saturday, June 7th, from 8:30AM to 12:30PM, followed by a potluck picnic luncheon, in order to prepare the land for summertime visitors. We are seeking help with general trail cleanup, pruning the edge of fields, clearing around sitting circles, and other projects. This is a great opportunity for civic groups, families, and for any students seeking community service hours, to get involved in the stewardship of this unique educational and recreational community asset.
Improvements have been made to the Law Farm, to continue Steve and Elaine Law’s legacy of inspiring children to learn about and love the natural world around them, with grants provided by the Department of Conservation’s Recreational Trails Program and the Maine Forest Service’s Project Canopy Program.
Future plans for the Law Farm include several acres of four season multi-use trails in addition to the current Bog Trail, which winds through a forest and out to a wetland area that is rich with bird life. Just a few introductory interpretive signs, including a map at the trailhead, have been installed to teach children and adults about the flora and fauna of the land. The upcoming Volunteer Day will help the PCSWCD prepare for additional improvements to the land.
All are welcome to join the PCSWCD at this event, and are asked to contact the PCSWCD by Tuesday, June 3rd to pre-register. The Law Farm is located at 477 Milo Road and parking is in the farm parking area on the Lee Cemetery Road. Please contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District at 564 – 2321, extension 3 or at email@example.com for more information or to pre-register for the Law Farm Volunteer Day or other outdoor volunteer opportunities.
About the PCSWCD Law Farm: Steve and Elaine Law purchased this land in 1945 from their parents and deeded it to the PCSWCD in 2009, after a lengthy search for the organization that could best carry out the dual missions of teaching others the importance of stewardship of our natural resources and forest management of these resources, to keep them sustainable for future generations. Since that time, the conservation district has been managing the farm as a sustainable community land resource, so that this special property will grow as an educational, recreational and economic asset for our region. The PCSWCD has started building multi-use trails at the Law Farm, which are open to the public for year-round outdoor education and enjoyment. A Forest Management Plan, in accordance with the Maine Forest Service’s Woods WISE standards for stewardship enhancement, was developed by Gordon Moore, Piscataquis County District Forester and PCSWCD Board Chair, with assistance provided by PCSWCD Supervisor and Forester Sam Brown. The 109 acre Law Property is truly becoming a special place for our local community to discover natural wonders.