SWOAM touring Brownfield forest

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BROWNFIELD — The Western and Southern chapters of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine will host a guided tour of the Tenmile River Demonstration Forest from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18.

The 210-acre woodland owned and maintained by the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District features more than five miles of walking trails, designed for hikers and cross-country skiers, as well as an educational tool for school groups and the public to learn about the natural environment.

The forest’s numerous natural features include a geological kettle hole, old and new beaver dams, streams, rivers, pools, ponds and a marsh. The tour will be guided by Michele Windsor, project manager for the district, and Merle Ring, state district forester and chairman of the district’s board of supervisors.

To find the site, head south from Fryeburg on Route 5 through East Brownfield to the intersection of Route 160. Continue on Route 5 for another five miles. Turn right on Notch Road and drive another three miles. The green gate will be on the right. Signs will be posted.

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Coffee, donuts and registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9. For more information, call Merle Ring at 743-5976 evenings.

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