SWAN’S ISLAND, Maine — With the help of volunteers, donations and a Maine Department of Conservation grant of nearly $26,000, two trails on Hockamock Head are being upgraded this summer to provide better access to town-owned land, according to a local group.
The Friends of Swan’s Island Lighthouse organization is raising $9,255 as matching funds to DOC’s Recreational Trails Program funds in order to upgrade the trails, which are called Long Point Beach Trail and Burying Point Trail. The lighthouse is located at the tip of Hockamock Head.
The project aims to add signage, handicapped access, a picnic area, bog bridging and other amenities to the trails, according to Friends of Swan’s Island Lighthouse Project Manager Fern Burns.
A six-person team from Maine Conservation Corps has made two multiday visits to Swan’s Island this summer to work on the project, which also has been supported by local volunteers and donations and by a donation of 300 feet of cedar bog bridging from Maine Coast Heritage Trust, according to Burns.
Anyone interested in donating to the project can do so by mailing donations to Friends of Swan’s Island Lighthouse, c/o Town Office, Swan’s Island 04685. Donations also can be made online at the town’s website, www.swansisland.org/lighthouse.htm.