MADRID — Volunteers are slated to work on Saturday, Aug. 21 and 28 on the first 2.5-mile segment of a proposed 35-mile large landscape, back country trail stretching from Strong to Oquossoc.

Named for the noted Maine Guide Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, the proposed trail will be three years in the making as existing trails are linked together and new ones are created. Along the way there will be signage about the cultural and natural history of the area. At one point, the trail will cross over the Appalachian Trail.

“Conceived by the High Peaks Alliance in Phillips, where Crosby was born, and with support from the Sandy River Land Trust, the trail will be built entirely by volunteer labor,” said Ben Godsoe of Madrid and the Maine Conservation Corp.

The first 2.5-mile segment will be a new footpath along the Orbeton Stream in Madrid. It was laid out by Devin Littlefield, a Mt. Abram High school student from Freeman Township and an intern with the Maine Conservation Corps this summer.

Godsoe is asking those who would like to help out either on Aug. 21 or 28 to meet at 10 a.m. at the ATV/snowmobile kiosk near the Reeds Mill Road bridge over the Orbeton Stream. Work will continue to about 3 p.m. each day. There will be a celebration cookout on the 28th.

To help out on one or both of the volunteer days or for more information, contact Godsoe at [email protected] or 578-0306.

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