Waldo County Trails Initiative Moves Forward
In November and December representatives from six Waldo County organizations and a few private landowners met at the Unity Community Center to develop a plan for a regional footpath network. The group met with Burnham Martin from the National Park Service’s (NPS), Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, the community assistance arm of the National Park Service.
The meeting was the result of a successful grant written by Unity Barn Raisers. The NPS’s Martin will work with the group for 18 months to develop and oversee implementation of the group’s trail plan for the region. In addition to private landowners the partnership includes: Unity Barn Raisers, Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Unity College, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance and Maine Farmland Trust.
The plan is to connect trails in Unity with trails on the Unity College campus and trails on property owned by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in nearby Thorndike. This past fall Jean English of MOFGA worked with a class of Unity College students to plan and build trails on MOFGA’s 320-acre property. The trail would, of course, also cross land belonging to individual landowners.