Neighbors Gather to Improve Barker Mill Trail
August 30, 2011
On Saturday, August 27th the Androscoggin Land Trust organized a work day to improve the Barker Mill Trail in New Auburn. A dozen hard-working volunteers donated their strength and time to greatly improve the trail to lay down wood chips on the first section of the approximately 1/2 mile trail. Volunteers also collected trash, moved brush and trimmed branches. Two weekends before, the Maine Army National Guard opened up the neglected corridor, removing fallen trees and thick brush.
The Barker Mill Trail follows the Little Androscoggin River and has fishing access along the way. Wildlife abounds, including an otter that was spotted on Saturday morning! Future improvements to the trail include two bridges over small side streams, more wood chips, signs at the trailheads, and regular clipping of the brush and blow-downs.
The work day was co-sponsored by the United New Auburn Association which helped provide critical logistical support including cooking a wonderful bean and hot dog lunch for the workers. The City of Auburn donated and delivered the wood chips as well as the use of tools and removal of the garbage that was collected by the volunteers. Rolly's Diner generously donated the food for the volunteers and Nestle Waters North American donated water for the event.
Access to the trail is off of Mill Street, just past the entrance to Barker Mill Estates. Look for the "Barker Mill Trail" street sign.
For more information or to help in the future, please contact Mike Auger at the Androscoggin Land Trust:
A list of the participants: Dave Damon, Adam Dow, Julie Isbill, Lynda Levasseur, Stephen Martelli, Larry Pelletier, Richard J. Profenno, Kathy Shaw, Rick Shea, Jim Tierney, Leroy Walker, Kathy Williamson, Mike Auger and Pete the dog.