June 24, 2008
Land Trust to Hold Events for Lubec Trail Opening Conservation Commissioner to Deliver Speech
By DIANA GRAETTINGER; OF THE NEWS STAFF
LUBEC - There is a new hiking trail in town, and it opens officially next month.
The officers and trustees of the Quoddy Regional Land Trust of Whiting plan to kick off the opening of the $70,000 Mowry Beach Trail with a dinner at the Lubec Consolidated School at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 18. The dinner will feature fish and corn chowder.
David Dowley, president of the land trust, will be host for the event.
The featured speaker will be Patrick McGowan, commissioner of Maine's Department of Conservation.
Participants will have an opportunity to walk the trail at 4:30 p.m.
The land trust purchased the 48-acre Mowry Beach property in 2004. It was made possible by the efforts of the Mowry family, Land for Maine's Future funding and contributions from the Down East community.
The property features 1,800 feet of sand beach, a small pond and stream, extensive scrub-shrub wetlands and a 2,100-foot handicapped- accessible trail of which 1,700 feet is a boardwalk. The trail and boardwalk connect the beach to Lubec Consolidated School, with parking at both ends.
The boardwalk is made up of 4-foot-by-8-foot wooden sections, which are supported by dock floats in the wettest areas. The walkway, which includes side rails for safe use of wheelchairs and frequent turnouts for resting, offers views of the Lubec Narrows and the village of Lubec and traverses many of the property's wildlife habitats.
The project involved students and staff from the school. Lubec resident Victor Trafford allowed the volunteers to use the former Booth Cannery as the warehouse and assembly area for the project.
Staff and volunteers from the Cobscook Community Learning Center, the land trust, the Maine Conservation Corps and Americorps installed the boardwalk sections. Volunteers contributed nearly 700 hours to the project.
Since it began in 1987, the land trust has directly conserved, through ownership and conservation easements, more than 2,800 acres and 22 miles of shorefront in eastern Washington County for the benefit of present and future generations.
Tickets for the dinner are $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12. A vegetarian option will be available. Tickets are available at the land trust by calling Alana Ranney at 733-5509.
For information about the land trust, visit its Web site at www.qrlt.org.
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