MILFORD — You can now plow three parking lots without leaving your living room and help your community at the same time. The Friends of Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge has started a GoFundMe campaign asking those who enjoy the refuge to lend a hand to help keep the public access parking lots maintained and open this winter.

Sunkhaze Meadows is an unstaffed refuge in Milford located between the Studmill and County roads. The 13,000 acre is located less than 15 miles from Bangor, the second largest city in Maine. The refuge has more than 5 miles of hiking trails available to the public year round. Visitors to the refuge enjoy cross-country skiing, hiking, nature photography and traditional outdoor activities including hunting and fishing.

Four trail heads offer public parking, trail maps and interpretive materials. The four trail heads receive a considerable amount of visitation and need to be plowed on a weekly basis throughout the winter months. Plowing of the trail heads is critical to allow the public access to the nature trails. The closest refuge office (Moosehorn NWR) is more than two hours away from Sunkhaze Meadows and logistically cannot take responsibility to plow the trail heads.

To make a donation, send a check to: Friends of Sunkhaze National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 453, Milford, ME 04461.

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