This is the 30th year for the Orono Land Trust,and what better way to celebrate all OLT has achieved then by getting out on spring trail day starting at 8 a.m. on April 30 to see a preserve and lend a helping hand. There are several worksites to choose from; stay close to home or see a new place. All job sites require good outdoor footwear and gloves.

1. Piney Knoll – Leader Mike Opitz ( – meet at the end of Penobscot Street. Bring mattocks. Work will consist of digging out and clearing invasives.

2. Cota Land – Leader Gail White ( – meet at beginning of trail on Forest Ave. Bring saws and clippers. The east and west boundary lines will be brushed out.

3. Newman Hill – Leader Jim Hinds ( – meet at the parking area on Putnam Rd. at CBCA (perhaps you can carpool or bicycle to Rossi Connector #20). Bring saws and clippers. The trail down Newman Hill toward Black Pond (#13, 17, 19) will be cleared back to allow easier passage. A wet area will have a rock path built for passing.

4. Manter – Leader Dave Wardrop ( – meet at McPheters Forest parking area – Bring saws and clippers. The boundary lines will be renewed. Trails will be cleared of branches.

5. Orono Bog Boardwalk – Leader Jerry Longcore (– park at parking area at the end of Tripp Drive and walk to meet at the log building. Work will be done on the boardwalk to get ready to open for the summer.

6. Dorion South – Leader Kris Sornberger ( – please meet at the parking area on Putnam Rd. at CBCA then carpool, bike or walk to intersection #23. A work plan for the group will be done at this numbered location. Wear footwear and clothing for working in dirt. Bring snacks and water. Bring hand tools such as Mcleod, Mattock or Rouge Hoe for moving dirt and smoothing trail; hand saws, or loppers will be helpful for removing small stumps, stems and branches. No chainsaws needed. Hand Tools will be provided to you if you do not have any. A new reroute trail will be finished that encircles the beaver pond and Orono’s great blue heron nesting colony.

For questions, contact the individual leaders.

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