To date, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has held 3 of the 4 scheduled listening sessions to hear directly from citizens about their hopes, ideas, and questions for the new monument. The first three sessions held in Stacyville, Medway and Millinocket drew approximately 340 participants.
The 4th listening session is scheduled for:
September 29, 6:30 – 8:30PM
DP Corbett Building
University of Maine, Orono
The goals of these sessions are to learn more about the diverse perspectives and ideas that the communities surrounding the monument and larger public have for the monument’s future, and begin to identify the opportunities and topics that will inform additional public discussions for the management plan going forward.
These sessions are the first in a series of public meetings and discussions that will take place for the management plan process. The National Park Service has committed to completing the management plan in three years. Management plans for new monuments establish the overarching vision for the public lands and guide the direction of future work and activities.
If you can not attend a listening session but would like to provide input, please share your ideas and questions with us by:
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Send written comments to PO Box 446, Patten, Maine 04765
Or join us for open house hours at the welcome desks at 200 Penobscot Avenue, Millinocket, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 PM and Lumbermen’s Museum, Patten, Saturdays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM through Columbus Day weekend.
All input shared during the listening sessions and write-in comments received by October 10, 2016 will be compiled and made publicly available via the enews list and the monument website: www.nps.gov\kaww
Thank you for sharing your ideas
Friday, April 15th, 5:30 PM:
- Marsh Island Community Trail System
- Meet at the Old Town Elementary School at 5:30 with bikes. This is an after work (and before the weekend) trail recovery and clean-up. We will ride over to the Stillwater entrance to the University Forest from the elementary school and to the trail head. Hand saws, loppers, and clippers will work as we will be clearing corridor and debris from the trail. Of course afterwards there are plenty of opportunities for post trail work refreshment at your favorite eatery and brew pub in Orono……
Saturday April 30th, 8am-noon.
- Kiski (Dedham) Trails
- New Trail!! – Leader Keith Blanchard – Meet at 8:30am. New trail for Kiski, which means that there is lots to do. The more the merrier. Rumor has it that Keith will have a grill and burgers. Please let us know ahead of time if you’re coming so we can plan accordingly (email email@example.com). Meet at trailhead at 8:30am.
- Newman Hill Area (see map)
- New Trail!! – Leader Kris Sornberger – meet at the parking area on Putnam Rd. at CBCA then carpool/bike/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 only great blue heron nesting colony.
- Trail Cleanup!! – Leader Jim Hinds – meet at the parking area on Putnam Rd. then carpool or bicycle to #20. Bring saws and clippers. The trail down Newman Hill toward Black Pond (#13, 17, 19) will be cleared back to allow easier passage and a wet area will be rock armored.
- Other Locations
- Piney Knoll – Leader Mike Opitz – meet at the end of Penobscot Street. Bring mattocks. Work will consist of digging out and clearing invasives.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Come lei it on the line at Orono’s newly formed Race Clinic Series (RCS).
To give the event a lighthearted feel don’t forget to don your ugliest Hawaiian t-shirt!
Every two weeks, Trek by Rose Bike Racing, area bike shops and local businesses will help put on the RCS to help you train harder and become a better bike handler. The courses will be designed to appeal to weekend warriors and hot-shots alike.
- Races will take place on a short lap (0.5 to 2 miles) which will be repeated for approximately one hour.
- Costumes and spectators are highly encouraged.
- Each course will be designed with several skills to keep in mind during the RCS
Results will be unofficial and no one will know how many times you got lapped by the ten-year-old riding a unicycle. A well-marked course prevents dropped riders from getting lost. *The best part, it’s FREE! **And for all abilities of rider.
Here is a tentative schedule which includes staging locations, dates, and race themes. Locations, Dates and Times are all subject to change with plenty of advanced notice. KEEP AN EYE ON THIS PAGE
- Week 1 (4-14-2016) Piney Knoll At the end of Penobscot Street. Start time: 5:30
- Week 2 (4-28-16) Old town Behind the elementary school Start time: 5:30
- Week 3 (5-12-16) Newman Hill Off Forest Ave on Grant Road Start time: 5:30
- Week 4 (5-26-16) City Forest At the end of Kittredge Road Start time: 6:00
- Week 5 (6-9-16) Piney Knoll At the end of Penobscot Street Start time: 6:00
- Week 6 (6-23-16) Old town Behind the elementary school Start time:6:00
- Week 7 (7-7-16) CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN 😞… Newman Hill Off Forest Ave on Taylor Road Start time: 6:00
- Start will be at intersection 20, see map here.
- Week 8 (7-21-16) City Forest At the end of Kittredge Road Start time: 6:00
- Week 9 (8/4) Piney Knoll At the end of Penobscot Street Start time: 6:00
- Week 10 (8/18) Cancelled
- Week 11 (9/1) TBA
The links below SHOULD lead you to marked google maps for where to park.
You are invited to end of summer PR NEMBA BBQ! Bring your family. All are welcome.
Emmy and Emmy’s husband, alias Bern, will host the BBQ on Sunday, October 5th, from 4 pm until 8 pm at their Hampden home. Burgers, sausages, vegie burgers, rolls and the like, and water will be provided. Bring your own beer or other beverage of your liking. Also, if you are up to it, bring a potluck appetizer, side dish, or desert:
Appetizer: last name starting A through G
Side dish: last name starting with H through S
Desert: last name starting with T though Z
For directions or to ask a question please contact Emmy at duchess.of.dirt
Hope to see you there!
NEW DATE! Tuesday April 1, 6-7:30pm
CES Inc. in Brewer
Come join us to focus on brainstorming needs, coming up with priorities, and creating action plans. We have an exciting year ahead of us!
If that’s not enough, there will also be PIZZA generously provided by our sponsors: ces-maine.com and kleinschmidtusa.com
Penobscot Region NEMBA is teaming up with the Penobscot Valley Ski Club and Orono Land Trust for a moonlight festival at the Orono Schools Trails! This will be a night of fun to our members and the general public – please let all of your friends and neighbors know about this event. We will be lining the ski trails with luminaries and will have a bonfire or two roaring along with hot cocoa to keep you warm. Ski trails are open to biking and singletrack in the area will be snowshoe packed.
This Saturday, February 15, 5-9pm
At the Orono High School athletic fields
PR NEMBA and the University of Maine is sponsoring a kids/youth race followed by an adult race on the trails behind the Recreation Center at UM, Hilltop parking lot.
- 10 AM Registration Opens
- 11 AM Youth Race (1 mile)
- 11:15 AM Advanced Race (2 laps, 12 miles)
- 11:20 AM Novice Race (1 lap, 6 miles)
$5 for Kids Race
$15 for Adults ($11 with EFTA membership)
Proceeds support local trails.
Our survey period has ended. Thanks to everyone that participated!