August 04, 2020

Bangor Forest preserved

Thanks to the Bangor Public Works Department and especially to Rolland Perry for preserving the beautiful Bangor Forest and providing well-maintained shared-use paths for the public. All winter, I enjoyed the great cross-country skiing there.

Now it is spring, and I had the most wonderful walk in the forest with the Eastern Maine Medical Center Move and Improve Walking Club led by Elanna Farnham. It is easy to walk in the forest because the trails provide a safe, comfortable walking surface and they beckon you farther and farther into a variety of beautiful areas complete with streams, hardwood ridges, harvested areas, and no-cut primitive forest areas.

This management promotes a wide array of wild flowers from tiny fringed polygala and gold thread, to clintonia, blueberries, painted trillium and stinking benjamin. The forest abuts the Orono Bog. Walking a little way down the Veazie Railroad bed that connects to the forest’s back door allowed me to peek into the bog. I was determined to keep my feet dry so stopped where the beavers have flooded the rail bed. Even this short distance revealed marsh wonders including rhodora and wild calla.

Good ideas spawn other good ideas and the presence of the Bangor Forest with its parking lot and accessible trails has encouraged a cooperative proposal by Bangor, the Orono Land Trust, and the University of Maine to construct a 4,500-foot boardwalk from the forest trails into the Orono Bog.

I look forward to walking in the forest and then far out into the bog with dry feet when that boardwalk is completed. The newly expanded forest parking lot usually has more than a dozen cars in it, a sign of the public’s appreciation for all the people who make these greeninfrastructure facilities a reality.

Sally Jacobs


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