An Overdue Thank You:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and staff of the MapleStone School in Acton, Maine for their hard work on several of our trails as part of their Environmental Service Learning Project, supported by the Maine Community Foundation, Lowe’s of Sanford, and the Davis Family Foundation of Maine.
MapleStone students and staff:
- Made the first cut of the trail up Goat Hill in Acton, cutting and removing thousands of trees and tons of brush and logs. The popular trail is now open, while we plan for more modifications to reach ADA compliance.
- Cleared the path of the future Hansen Pond Trail as well as swiftly disassembling and removing a derelict cabin that overlooked the pond.
- Cleared the path of the upcoming Sousa Family Preserve Trail in Alfred in the wintertime. MapleStone students also helped construct a critical bridge linking the trail to the road and parking area. This 1.5 mile trail will be opened in 2020.
- Help maintain the Hobbs Farm Trail in Acton.
- Began work on the overgrown Gruber Forest Trails in Shapleigh, clearing the main loop trail.
Without MapleStone students and staff, much of this work to improve our preserves and open public access trails wouldn’t have been possible. We thank them for their perseverance through difficult terrain and all sorts of weather. They are truly a hearty and reliable group. We also want to thank our vice president, Carl Davis, for facilitating the partnership between our two organizations.
Although an event in March to show our appreciation for the students’ efforts had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis, we look forward to celebrating and recognizing their accomplishments as soon as we can. Until then, we will continue to make progress on the projects on which they have worked so hard. Thank you, MapleStone!
Three Rivers Land Trust Staff and Board