Forum to focus on lower Androscoggin


LEWISTON — The Androscoggin Land Trust and Androscoggin River Watershed Council will host a public forum from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, focusing on the lower Androscoggin River.

The Androscoggin River: Celebrating Success Visioning Our Future forum will be held at Museum LA in the Bates Mill complex. It will begin with a welcome message, followed by updates about what’s happening along the river in Canton, Jay and Livermore Falls, at the Riverlands State Park in Turner, and in Leeds and Greene, through the urban areas in Lewiston and Auburn, and on through Lisbon and Durham.

In 1994, according to a press release from the Androscoggin Land Trust, a partnership between the Androscoggin Land Trust, the National Park Service, the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments envisioned an Androscoggin Greenway, a corridor of open space and recreational opportunities that would connect and pass through the historic, industrial villages along the river. Partners believe it is time to revisit that concept, celebrate the many successes in river access, trail development, parks and pedestrian amenities and business development and look to the future, according to the release.

Wednesday’s forum will allow participants to provide their vision for the river corridor and to provide input to various agencies and groups that are working to make the area a better place to live, work and play. FMI: Jonathan LaBonte at the Androscoggin Land Trust, 782-2302, or Ferg Lea of the Watershed Council, 240-3143.