MADRID TOWNSHIP — Despite driving rain, chilly temperatures, malicious bugs and lots of mud, 24 volunteers spent June 23 building 1.5 miles of the new Fly Rod Crosby Trail along the Orbeton Stream. They also carried material to the nearby Appalachian Trail to be used in construction of a new tent-site and cleared an ATV trail in East Madrid.

The first section of the Fly Rod Crosby Trail being built starts in the field below the StarBarn B&B in Madrid. Upon completion it will stretch four miles north, following the western bank of Orbeton Stream.

The volunteers included 13 Maine Conservation Corps environmental educators from all over Maine, a contingent of members of the local Narrow Gauge Riders ATV Club and assorted area students and residents. In addition to work on the Fly Rod Crosby Trail, volunteers worked on the Appalachian Trail and an ATV club trail in Phillips.

The work day was hosted by the High Peaks Alliance, a group of local people working with motorized and nonmotorized trail groups in the area to conserve land for traditional use. For more information visit

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