This could be you!
The next volunteer work day on the Fly Rod Crosby Trail is Satdurday October 2nd. Everyone had such a good time in August that we had to plan another one before the end of the season. If you are interested in volunteering on the 2nd please give Ben Godsoe a call at 207-578-0306, or just meet us at 10am at the Reeds Mills Bridge across Orbeton Stream in Madrid TWP. We are going to work till around 2pm. There will be plenty of jobs for everyone. We need help doing everything from documenting the day with pictures to cutting and clearing brush.
What we suggest you bring:
1) sturdy work clothes, boots and gloves
2) tools if you have them and want to use them (if not we can provide some)
3) a light lunch
4) All your friends!
I hope to see you all out there on the trail!
Jim Roderick and Bud Godsoe working on Bog Bridging near Orbeton Stream
Madrid TWP, On August 21st and 28th the High Peaks Alliance hosted two volunteer work days to start construction of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail, a new heritage trail that will eventually stretch 35-40 miles from Strong to Oquossoc in the Western Mountains of Maine. About twenty people showed up over the course of two days and built approximately two miles of trail along the western bank of the Orbeton Stream. Volunteers cut a corridor for the trail, built 2 switchbacks up a steep hill and constructed a section of bog bridging (elevated cedar planks to keep hikers out of the mud) through an especially wet area.
There will be another work day coming up on October second and more to follow next season until this first segment 3.5 mile segment is finished. This was chosen as the first piece of the trail to be built because it will both ease traffic on a heavily used multi-use trail on the other side of the river and, once completed, allows for a nice loop option utilizing both trails.
Local businesses chipped in to help the volunteers. On the 28th, Edmunds Market generously provided burgers, hotdogs and rolls for a cook out at the end of the day. The Carrabassett Coffee Company provided free coffee and a percolator to get everybody going first thing in the morning. David and Virginia Robie, owners of the Star Barn Bed and Breakfast provided the grill and came out to do some trail work. Organizers would like to thanks everyone who came for a great couple of days of trail work and to Edmunds Market and the Carrabassett Coffee Company for supporting construction of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail.