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Demonstration Forest Volunteer Work Day Includes Invasive Pests and Plants Workshop

Posted May 24, 2013, at 4:56 p.m.

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a Demonstration Forest Volunteer Trail Clearing Day in Williamsburg on Saturday, June 8th, from 9:00AM to Noontime and from 1:15Pm to 4:00PM, to prepare our community forest for summertime visitors. We are seeking help with general trail clean-up and other projects. This is a great opportunity for civic groups and families to get involved in the stewardship of our local public forest, as well as for any students seeking community service hours.

We will be hosting a bar-b-que luncheon at Noontime, during which time State Horticulturist, Ann Gibbs, of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, will provide an Invasive Pest and Plants Workshop to teach people about the pests that may pose a threat to our woodlands in Maine, such as the Emerald Ash Borer, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the Asian Longhorned Beetle. She will provide information on identifying these pests and what to do if these pests are found in our region. You are welcome to register and participate in the workshop even if you are unable to assist with trail clearing – we welcome all participation in our community educational forest.

Please contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District at 564 – 2321, extension 3 or at info@piscataquisswcd.org for more information or to pre-register for the Demonstration Forest Trail Clearing Day or other volunteer opportunities, and/or to sign up for our Invasive Pests and Plants Workshop.

About the PCSWCD Demonstration Forest: Our Demonstration Forest is located on 180 acres in Williamsburg Township. The forest offers hiking, bird watching, hunting, snow shoeing and cross-country ski trails for year round enjoyment. There is an outdoor classroom, picnic tables, and a geocache site. Natural Resource and Cultural Heritage Interpretive Signs individually designed and made by Piscataquis County High School students guide and teach visitors throughout their forest journey. Brochures are available to the public to explain the significance of each posted location along the trails. The Southern Piscataquis Regional Recreation Map and Guide includes the Demonstration Forest as a recreation and tourism site in this county. The Maine Audubon Society has listed the Demonstration Forest in their “Maine Birding Trails” Directory.

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