LITTLE MOOSE PUBLIC LAND – For the past 30 years the “Land for Maine’s Future” program has been purchasing and conserving land for public use throughout the state.
Voters have provided funding for the purchase of properties in all 16 counties, but the upkeep for a lot of that land relies in large part on volunteers.
The staff at the Maine Bureau of Public Lands, ultimately, is responsible for planning, constructing, improving, and expanding the multiple networks of trails on Maine’s public land. Volunteers provide needed labor to clear paths and blaze new trails.
Rex Turner, Maine Bureau of Public Lands, said “It kind of means we really need those folks to lend a hand taking care of what they really enjoy. We’ve definitely have limited resources.”
It’s not uncommon for government agencies to partner with private groups to care for public lands. In fact, the Little Moose Public Land Preserve trail work session Sunday is an an example of that kind of partnership.
Turner stated “Moosehead Trails, which is a group formed over the past couple of years and their goal is to be at capacity to take care of trails, be a volunteer group working with landowners like us.”
The clean-up process Sunday will include removing dead wood, replacing deteriorated bog bridges, and making the trails flow with the contour of the land.
“There’s always been some trails here in one form or another. But we are in the process of building off of these things and putting them together so there’s a little more of a system.” added turner.
Throughout the Moosehead Region there are dozens of miles of hiking trails.
If you’re interested in working in the woods to improve the Moosehead Trail Region, check out the Moosehead Trails Facebook page for details about how you can lend a hand.
This project that’s repairing, restoring and improving the trails in Little Moose Public Land is just one of many projects that takes place at hundreds of thousands of acres of publicly owned land every summer.