AUBURN — The Androscoggin Land Trust, a regional conservation group serving 19 communities and more than 100,000 people in the Androscoggin River watershed, has announced its plans for National Trails Day and invites the public to join.

All three events will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 5.

The three events will offer opportunities for communities to get outside, enjoy the trails along the riverfront and lend a hand maintaining the riverfront assets.

In Jay and Livermore Falls, volunteers from Chisholm Trails, the trails program of ALT in the region, and the local ATV clubs will partner for a riverfront clean-up.

The group will meet at 9 a.m. at French Falls Recreation Area off French Falls Lane in Jay. From there, teams will split up to collect trash and debris along the riverfront around French Falls and south towards the Otis Mill.

Downtown Lewiston-Auburn will be host to a similar clean-up event led by LA Trails, another program of ALT, and YPLAA, the young professionals group of the Androscoggin County Chamber.

The clean-up will begin at Festival Plaza in Auburn, where teams will split up to complete projects at many of the downtown riverfront parks that dot the three-mile Riverwalk trail loop.

Volunteers at both events are encouraged to bring their own yard tools to help with project work.

For those just looking for a leisurely hike, ALT Vice President Judy Marden will lead a guided walk on the Homestead Trail at the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Maine’s State Park system and, this spring, the Maine Department of Conservation will complete its planning effort to make the Androscoggin Riverlands Maine’s first new state park in nearly 25 years. The Androscoggin Riverlands State Park will also be the only state park with direct access to a major population center, being located less than 10 miles from Lewiston-Auburn.

Those looking to hike should plan to meet at the Riverlands parking lot off of Center Bridge Road in Turner by 9 a.m. to join the group.

For more information, contact ALT at 782-2302 or [email protected] Information is also available at www.androscogginlandtrust.org.


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