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2016 4 Happy 50th allagash A classroom Collaborative Family Operationin Our Working Forest BirdingBirdingin the Boreal Forest NorthMaineWoods On behalf of the families corporations conservation organizations and land managers we welcome you to this special region of Maine. In addition to providing remote recreational opportunities this region is primarily the wood basket that supports our natural resource based economy of Maine. This booklet is designed to help you have a safe and enjoyable trip to the area plus provide you with important information about forest resource management and recreational use. Experience the TraditionExperience the Tradition Visitors traveling by vehicle will pass through one of the fol- lowing checkpoints. Please refer to the map in the center of this publication for locations. NMW Checkpoints Allagash 5am-9pm daily Caribou 6am-9pm daily Dickey 5am-9pm daily Fish River 6am-9pm daily Little Black 5am-9pm daily Six-Mile 5am-9pm daily St. Francis 5am-9pm daily Telos 6am-9pm daily Twenty-Mile 5am-9pm daily Canadian Border Checkpoints Estcourt 7am-5pm M-F register at gas stationgaz bar US Customs 1-418-859-2501 Canadian Customs 1-418-859-2201 St. Pamphile 1-418-356-2411 7am-5pm M-F US Customs 1-418-356-3222 Canadian Customs 1-418-356-3151 St. Juste 1-418-244-3646 8am-5pm MTThF US Customs 1-418-244-3026 closed Wednesdays Canadian Customs 1-418-244-3653 St. Aurelie 1-418-593-3426 8am-5pm M-Th US Customs 1-418-593-3582 8am-4pm Friday Canadian Customs 1-418-593-3971 The schedules of operation for Canadian border checkpoints and both U. S. and Canadian Customs offices are subject to change at any time so it is advised that you call the number listed for the crossing you intend to use for current informa- tion. U.S. Customs offices are closed during New Years Day Presidents Day Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Columbus Day Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. U.S. citizens are required to have a U.S. Passport or U.S. Pass- port Card to enter the U.S. Other travelers will need NEXUS FAST or SENTRI identification. By Federal Law PL 99-570 there is a 5000 fine for a first time offense of entering Maine without proper permission plus an additional fine of 1000 per person involved. This includes entry by foot or by water. RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT Under 15............................................................... Free Day Use Camping Age 70 and Over................................................ Free Day Use Per Person Per Day....................................................7.................12 Camping Per Night.....................................................10..............12 Annual Day Use Registration................................90..............NA Annual Unlimited Day Use Camping.............200...........NA Camping Only Annual Pass....................................110...........110 Including seniors age 70 and over Special Reduced Seasonal Rates Summer season is from May 1 to September 30. Fall season is from August 20 to November 30. Either summer or fall passes are valid between August 20 and September 30. RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT Seasonal Day Use Pass.............................................50..............90 Seasonal Unlimited Camping................................110...........150 Seasonal Unlimited Family Camping.................220...........NA Family camping covers 2 adults and their children between 15 and 21 for day use and camping for the season price of 2 adults. Camping Only Seasonal Pass.................................60..............60 Including seniors age 70 and over Commercial Sporting Camp Visitors.................25..............40 Per trip for any trip over 3 days Leaseholders and Internal Landowners of Record...........................50..............50 May purchase 2 annual passes through the NMW office Guest Passes for Leaseholders.............................75..............75 May purchase up to 8 annual passes through the NMW office Visiting Paticipating Businesses..........................1.................1 for meals and supplies up to four hours limit Fees payable by cash or check. For Allagash Wilderness Waterway fees see page 17 in this brochure. For Penobscot River Corridor fees see page 22. 2016 Visitor Fees and Checkpoint Information 2 photobyLonnieJandreau 3 MISSION To provide the visiting public with high quality traditional outdoor recreational experiences that are compatible with providing renewable forest resources which sustain approximately 20 of Maines economy. Forest recreation when managed properly is compatible with harvesting forest products. In the early 1970s user fees were initiated to help landowners recover part of the management costs related to accommodating public visitors to their lands. Before the North Maine Woods NMW organization was created separate landowners had their own regulations and fee schedules for use of their lands. Travelers might have passed through two or three gates or checkpoints to get to their destinations and paid separate fees on each stop. In 1971 with the agreement between landowners to form NMW a day use sea- son registration for Maine residents was set at 2. Landowners also imposed a self assessment to fund the start up of the North Maine Woods program. The self assessment share was based on the owners percentage of acres within the designated North Maine Woods area. During the period between 1971 and 1986 these assessments amounted to nearly three quarters of a million dollars. Since then increased usage prudent management and modest fee increases have allowed the program to become self sufficient. Although annual assessments have ceased landowners still absorb many costs. They provide staff time on the various operating committees donate profes- sional services of draftsmen soil evaluators and others donate use of construc- tion equipment and maintain thousands of miles of roads which receive wear and tear from public travel. History of North Maine Woods For more than 45 years steps have been made to increase visitor comfort and satisfaction with the facilities. Improvements made in the campsite program include better maintenance of campsites along with the creation of new ones. Public communication is ad- dressed with NMWs own publications as well as articles in other publications to enable our visitors to better understand our goals and objectives. Visitor use has always occurred without any advertising by NMW and this is thought to be due in part to the favorable experiences of our recreational users spreading the word after returning home from their visits. Additional use is not promoted because the area is not like a park commercial campground or other area designated specifically for recreational use. This benefits users by keeping the NMW from get- ting overcrowded. All visitors help defray operating costs. Even the landowners and their staff members pay the regular user fees when visiting the area for recreation. NMW staff also pay their own camping fees. Fees for each activity pay for the management of that activity. In general all day use fee collections offset costs for operating the checkpoint facilities. Recep- tionists are available at convenient times for visitors to enter the area. Guid- ance brochures and information are provided. Trash bags are provided to help prevent litter in the area. Receptionists also assist parties with emergencies and provide information to game wardens looking for sportsmen to relay emergency messages from home. Camping fees collected are dedicated to maintaining and developing facilities used by campers. Our travel costs are similar to those of visitors. If all 350 campsites were located on 20 acres as with most campgrounds NMW camping fees would be lower. Staff frequently travel 30 to 40 miles between campsites. Fees from the bear bait site management program are dedicated in part to managing this program. NMW staff works with wildlife biologists game wardens landowner foresters guides and hunters to manage the locations of bait sites to minimize conflicts in our working forest. Management contracts established over the years with the Allagash Wilderness Waterway the Bureau of Parks and Lands and members of the KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest provide just enough income to offset costs for managment. Under Maine law NMW is established as a non-profit corporation. There are no stockholders no profit sharing and no dividends. None of the fees collected at checkpoints are distributed to the landowners in this program. Income is budgeted to meet expenses and fees reflect this arrangement. photocourtesyPaulNadeauLogging Purpose of User Fees 4 Use of New Technology Reduces Costs and Keeps Visitor Fees Stable If you arrived at one of our staffed checkpoints after daily operating hours or entered through one of the unstaffed automated checkpoints last season you are aware that we have been making some significant adjustments in the way we operate. These changes have been imple- mented so we can continue our mission of keeping the area open to public use by protecting property through managing access. We are doing this with the use of motion sensitive cameras satellite internet service and telecommunications at some entry points. Supplementing people with technology has been occurring at many businesses in or- der to improve operations and to maintain or reduce operating costs. NMW has been going through a similar transition. Automated checkpoints As a non- profit organization North Maine Woods operates on a break even basis. The amount charged for overnight camping is directly related to costs NMW incurs for maintaining campsites. The same is true for the amount charged for day use. Day use fees offset costs for operating check- points which allow access into the NMW region. In an effort to continue to allow access while keeping user fees reasonable we have installed a number of automated unstaffed checkpoints in recent years which is a more cost effective way to manage access. Visitors entering the North Maine Woods on some low traffic access roads may encounter automated electronic checkpoints. These checkpoints are not staffed but have instructional signs motion sensitive video cameras and a telephone located in a small building next to the road. Signs instruct visitors to call the number provided which will connect them to one of our employees who will help them self register and pay appropriate fees. Once the registration process is complete permission will be granted to enter. If someone wants to enter or leave NMW via one of the automated checkpoints it will simplify the process if they pre-register at a staffed checkpoint or have season passes L Passes or Guest Passes with them. NMW staff monitors traffic at these locations 24 hours a day seven days a week and the cameras record all video for the year at each location. Dickey Checkpoint was the first to be automated in 2005 and following several years of successful operation more have been added at other lo- cations. In 2009 Seboomook Dam and Northeast Carry automated check- points were installed on roads leading into North Maine Woods from Se- boomook Township north of Rockwood. In 2013 another automated checkpoint was installed on the so-called Red River Road heading west from St. Froid Lake in the town of Win- terville and its called Winterville Checkpoint. We encourage visitors to pre-register at the Eagle Lake Town office which is open weekdays from 8am to 430pm and can be reached at 207-444-5511. In 2014 Oxbow Checkpoint was converted to an automated check- point. It is operated during day time hours by staff at 6-Mile Check- point and at night by staff located at our main office in Ashland. People are encouraged to stop and pre-register at Homestead Lodge located a few miles from Route 11 on the way into the NMW. The phone number is 207-435-6357. Night Time Entry and Motion Detection Cameras In 2009 we installed motion sensitive lights live time video record- ing cameras and satellite internet service in order to monitor traffic between 9pm and 6am from our Ashland office for 6-Mile Checkpoint on the American Realty Road Telos Checkpoint Caribou Checkpoint on the Golden Road and Fish River Checkpoint west of Portage. Camera images are sent via satellite internet to a central control room in our Ashland office where one person watches all nighttime traffic. Telephone communication is available at all locations which allows visitors to call our office at night to register and enter or leave NMW or get assistance in case of an emergency. Although this system may not be as convenient as having someone at the checkpoints it is less expensive and so reduces the need to increase fees paid by visitors. With cameras recording traffic 24 hours a day seven days a week it also helps us keep track of who is traveling in and out of the area should we have theft or vandalism problems. Al Cowperthwaite Executive Director Changes have been implemented so we can continue our mission of keeping the area open to public use by protecting property through managing access. We are doing this with motion- sensitive cameras satellite internet service and telecommunications at some entry points. Whether you are planning another trip or visiting North Maine Woods NMW for the first time you will find an abundance of helpful information about the NMW region on our website. Information on land use regional history rules and regulations checkpoint hours of operation user fees camping locations and safety can all be found at the click of your mouse. Under the Business Links heading you can search a listing of many busi- nesses that cater to a variety of outdoor activities including cabin rentals charterservicesguide servicesoutdoor products vehicleshuttleser- vices sporting lodges camps or whitewater rafting. Our site provides information on the St. John River canoe trip and a map of the 3.5 million acre NMW region. North Maine Woods also manages the 180000-acre KI-Jo Mary Multiple Use Forest located between Millinocket Greenville and Brownville. Our website contains all the information you will needfor planning a trip to this unique area. Camping information is available as well as information on these popular attractions Gulf Hagas Gorge Katahdin Iron Works the Her- mitage and the Appalachian Trail. We also have a Links page that can direct you to a variety of Maine State websites where you can find information and regulations on canoeing hunt- ing and fishing and purchase hunting and fishing licenses. There are links to over two dozen other websites were you can find canoeable river water flow rates regional weather forecasts and other useful information. Find valuable up-to-date information on the Web Our website also features the North Maine Woods KI Jo-Mary and Allagash Wilderness Waterway Campsite Guides. Each guide uses Google Earth to depict Authorized and Fire Permit campsites thoughout each respective re- gion and once downloaded users can click on a campsite icon to pull up photos and a list of amenities for each location. These guides were designed to assist you in planning your next camping trip while at the same time of- fering you a virtual tour of campsites throughout the region. Another feature is the homepage Bulletin Board which allows us to post up-to-date information on what is happening in NMW. The Bulletin Board contains important news information and describes current conditions within NMW. New to our website is a photo gallery consisting of eight different image categories wildlife landscape camping fishing canoeing hunting historic and working forest. Visitors can submit photos of their own North Maine Woods experiences for posting in the gallery. The website also has a section with an- swers to Frequently Asked Questions FAQs and fee information on the Al- lagash Wilderness Waterway and Penob- scot River Corridor. Our website is one of the most frequently visited for people considering a trip to northern Maine. Remember to check www.northmaine- as we continue to expand on the quality and quantity of information on our website. This 2016 brochure is dedicated to Timothy G. Scott 31948 81115 outdoorsman forester friend and long-time ally of North Maine Woods. Tim led a full varied and interesting life cut short by a tragic tractor ac- cident. A Presque Isle native he earned his forestry degree at U Maine interned at both International and Scott Paper guidedat Red RiverCamps servedin the US Army and managed a game reserve in Germany forthree years. The majority 29 years of his career was spent with Seven Islands Land Company and Orion Timberlands as forester natural resource recreation specialist unit manager and operations manager. Tim served on NMWs St. John River and campsite committees and he worked with many lessees and sporting interests. He volunteered with Envirothon Project Learning Tree Tree Farm and numerous other programs and clubs. He always pitched in with a smile and a story. If you were going on a trip you were best served by putting Tim in charge of the groceries and cooking. After retiring from the woods Tim worked for the US Postal Service Presque Isle High Schools agricultural program and tended his and wife Annes farms in Mapleton and Oxbow. He loved to hunt fish collect guns tinker and enjoy time with Anne daughter Amelia extended family and friends. Tim said he felt fortunate to have had experiences and met people with whom he formed lasting friendships. We are very fortunate that we are among those people. To honor Tim and help students pursue careers in forestry and natural resources a scholarship was set up in his name at Presque Isle High School. Whether you wish to remember Tim help Aroostook County youth or invest in the future of natural resource management this scholarship provides the opportunity. Contributions may be sent to SAD1 P.O. Box 1118 Presque Isle ME 04769 Attn Joy Duncan. On the memo line please put Tim Scott Scholarship Fund. 5 DedicationDedication 6 Cutting live trees is not permitted. You are welcome to use dead and down wood for your fire at an authorized location. To prevent the spread of injurious insects movement of firewood more than 50 miles is discouraged. Importation of firewood to Maineisprohibited.Extremecautionisalwaystherule.Remem- ber a small fire is best for cooking. By Maine law there is a 50 fine for leaving any fire unattended. The steel fire ring provided is the only place a fire may be built at authorized campsites. Limits on camper trailer and vehicle sizes. Only single vehi- cles less than 28 feet in length or vehicle and trailer with a com- bined length of less than 44 feet and with a maximum width of 8 feet will be allowed entrance. Large vehicles within these limits may be required to travel at certain low traffic periods through any checkpoint if requested by the checkpoint recep- tionist on duty. Information for North Maine Woods and KI Jo-Mary Forest Bicycles motorcycles all terrain vehicles tractors and horses are not allowed in the NMW or KI Jo-Mary Forest at any time of year. This is necessary for logging road safety and avoidance of fire hazards in hard to reach locations. Through-traffic between Canada and Maine is discouraged via the private road system in the NMW. These roads are privately built for the purpose of managing the woodland area. Recreationists are encouraged to travel to their desired destina- tions within the area and then return to the country from which they entered. Par- ties entering at a Canadian border checkpoint must leave via the same checkpoint. Through passage between the US and Canada is allowed for camp owners and other visitors only when at least one nights lodging is spent within NMW. Water supplies in the NMW and KI Jo-Mary Forest area are not tested for safe- ty. It is recommended that you bring in water from a known safe source. You should not drink water directly from any stream or pond without treating it to kill bacteria and other organisms. The safest way to treat the water is to boil it for at least one minute at a rolling boil. While other methods of treatment are available they may not be totally effective against all harmful organisms and are not recommended. Biting insects are common most of the summer. Visitors should be equipped with insect repellent at all times. The peak time for mosquitoes and blackflies is from the end of May through July. Daily periods of increased insect activities are during early morning and evening hours. The weather varies greatly in northern Maine. May temperatures range from 20 to 70 degrees on any given day and snow may even fall. During the summer tem- peratures average 50 to 90 degrees. It is suggested that visitors pack clothing for bothextremes.Rainisunpredictablewiththeaverageseasonalamountbetween35 and 45 inches. The temperatures begin to drop below freezing in mid-September with daytime highs in the 50s. In November it is common for temperatures to ap- proach 0 with highs in the 40s and snow can begin to build up. November hunters are cautioned to camp near main roads and listen to weather forecasts. There are very few stores or gas stations in the NMW or KI Jo-Mary Forest. All supplies must be carried in with you. Fireworks are prohibited in NMW. Although the State of Maine legalized the use of fireworks in 2011 the new law also requires that users of fireworks have land- owner permission. None of the private landowners and managers of public land within North Maine Woods have agreed to give permission or allow the use of fire- works. Fire hazard is the major concern but public safety and disturbance to other recreationists and wildlife are also factors cited in their decision to prohibit fire- works in NMW. A majority of visitors come to the NMW and KI Jo-Mary to enjoy peace and tranquility. Although there are no rules regarding the use of generators chain- saws other types of motors and radios we do ask that visitors use common sense and be considerate of others. All parties flying into the area must abide by the areas rules and regulations. NMW Land Use and Camping permits are available from many commercial bush pilots or you may obtain permits by writing to North Maine Woods PO Box 425 Ashland ME 04732. brookfieldrenewable.compublicsafety MAKE SAFETY A PRIORITY BE CAUTIOUS WHEN RECREATING NEAR HYDROELECTRIC FACILITIES. WATER CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE QUICKLY AND WITHOUT NOTICE. Pay attention to your surroundings and respect all signs and warning signals. Life Jackets Save Lives. Always wear yours. These rules apply to all road users Your safety is important Give all logging trucks the right of way The roads in this area were built to move wood products. For safety please give logging trucks the same respect provided to fire trucks and ambulances. Logging trucks typically travel on the crown of the road for stability. When you see a truck coming from either direction please pull over to let it pass safely. Obey posted speed limit signs. Maximum speed is 45 mph. Lights on for safety. Always travel on the right hand side. Be prepared to stop at all times. Never stop on a corner. Always give yourself at least 500 feet of visibility front and back. Reduce speeds on freshly graded roads. You are more likely to blow a tire or lose control because of loose gravel. Never block side roads. Even roads that seem unused may be needed in emergencies. Do not linger on roads or stop on bridges. Most bridges in NMW are one lane. Park vehicles well off the road. Do not park in front of checkpoints. Use parking area provided All drivers must have a valid state or provincial drivers license. All vehicles yield right of way to loaded trucks. All traffic yield to equipment working in roads. Pass only after operators acknowledgement. for Industrial Logging Roads Rulesof the Road photobyNMWstaff in North Maine Woods Camping permits are issued at the checkpoints upon entrance to the North Maine Woods area. Camping is allowed at the more than 300 designated marked camping areas for a two-week maximum time limit per campsite. The North Maine Woods map in this publication shows campsite locations. There are two types of campsites available for use Authorized Campsites These campsites are marked on the NMW map and are listed here for reference. While all campsites are rustic there are steel fire rings cedar picnic tables and toilets at the authorized campsites. Fires may be carefully built in the steel fire rings and many of the campsites have picnic shelters. A Maine Forest Service fire permit is not required. Designated Fire Permit Campsites These are locations where overnight camping is allowed but where building campfires requires a Maine Forest Ser- vice fire permit. The locations of designated fire permit campsites are shown on the NMW map. These campsites have fewer facilities than authorized camp- sites. Although some fire permit campsites are not as attractive as authorized campsites fall hunters prefer sheltered locations rather than windswept lake shore campsites. Outhouse Update North Maine Woods is currently using an active enzyme Bio Quest SST-850 for the treatment of outhouse solids. We ask that visitors do not dump lime deodorizers trash or liquid materials into outhouse open- ings. These foreign substances will either kill or greatly reduce the effective- ness of the enzyme. Campsites on Google Earth Campsite locations within the North Maine Woods and KI Jo-Mary regions are shown on Google Earth. Visit our web- site to download this new feature found on the homepage. In addition to showing campsite locations there are photos and a written description of each campsite to help you decide which campsite to visit. Please carry your trash out. Do not leave trash at your campsite or alongside roads and waters. 7 photobyNMWstaff CampingCamping Telos Region UmbazooksusWest T6R13 4 1 y y y Umbazooksus East T6R13 2 1 y y Kellog Brook T6R12 3 y y y Indian Stream T7R12 2 y y Indian Pond T7R12 6 2 y y y Haymock Lake T8R11 8 y y y Cliff Lake T8R12 5 1 y y y Pillsbury Deadwater T8R11 2 y y y Spider Lake T9R11 3 1 y y y Little Pillsbury Pond T8R11 4 2 y y y Coffeelos South T6R11 3 y y Coffeelos North T6R11 2 y y y Total 44 Caucomgomoc Region Caucomgomoc Landing T7R15 5 1 y y y Caucomgomoc Dam T6R14 3 1 y y y Henrys Island T7R15 1 y y RoweThoroughfare T7R15 1 y y Round Pond North T7R14 4 1 y y Round Pond Inlet T7R14 1 y y Lost Pond T5R16 2 y y Russell Stream T4R16 1 y y y Big Bog T5R18 4 y y y 5th St. John Bridge T6R17 2 y y y y 5th St. John Dam T6R17 1 y y Wadleigh Pond Beach T8R15 1 y y Wadleigh Pond T8R15 3 1 y y y Wadleigh Pond South T8R15 1 y y y St. Francis Lake T8R16 2 y y y Baker Lake North T7R17 5 1 y y y Baker Lake South T7R17 1 y y Boulet Campyard T7R17 2 y y Turner Pond T7R16 2 y y y Crescent Pond T9R15 2 y y y Johnson Pond Island T8R14 2 y y Elm Stream T4R16 2 y y Total 48 Township Sites Shelters WaterAccess VehicleAccess CanoeAccess CamperAccess Fish River Region Gleason Brook T13R7 1 y y y Carr Pond T13R8 4 y y y Fish River Falls T14R8 8 2 y y y Fish Lake T14R8 5 1 y y y Big Brook T14R10 3 1 y y y Fox Brook T13R9 3 1 y y y Total 24 Aroostook River Region Munsungan Branch T8R8 1 y y Mooseleuk Branch T8R8 1 y y Lapomkeag Stream T9R7 1 y y Houlton Brook T9R5 1 y y Total 4 Ashland Region Little Munsungan Lake T8R9 2 y y Chase Brook Road T10R9 2 y y y Munsungan Falls T8R9 3 y y y Malcolm Branch T9R8 2 2 y y y Mooseleuk Dam T10R9 3 2 y y N. Br. Machias River T11R7 6 2 y y y Machias Bridge T11R7 2 y y y Machias River T11R7 1 y y y Chase Lake T9R10 3 1 y y y Ragged Mountain Pond T9R10 2 y y y Jack Mountain T11R8 3 y y S. Br. Machias River T10R7 2 y y y Pratt Lake T11R9 1 1 y y y Island Pond T10R10 2 1 y y Machias Lake Dam T12R8 3 1 y y 20-Mile Bridge T12R8 3 1 y y y Little Clayton Lake T12R8 1 y y Moosehorn Crossing T12R7 2 1 y y y Upper Elbow Pond T10R10 1 y y Peaked Mountain Pond T10R10 3 y y Russell Crossing T11R8 3 1 y y y Musquacook Stream T12R11 2 y y y McNally Pond T11R10 2 y y y 2nd Musquacook Lake T11R11 6 1 y y y Squirrel Pond T11R10 1 1 y y y Beaver Sprague T11R7 3 3 y y Weeks Brook T11R8 1 y y y Smith Brook T9R9 1 y y Big Hudson Brook T10R9 3 y y MunsunganThoroughfare T8R10 1 y Little Moosehorn T8R10 2 y y Kelly Brook T11R14 5 y y y Squirrel Mountain T11R13 2 y y Ross Lake T10R15 3 1 y y y Total 82 Township Sites Shelters WaterAccess VehicleAccess CanoeAccess CamperAccess Allagash Region Little Falls Pond T17R11 1 y y Fall Brook Lake T18R10 3 1 y y y Little Black River Pit T19R12 3 1 y y y Upper Little Black T19R12 1 y y Little Black River T19R12 2 1 y y y Chimenticook Stream T17R13 2 y y y WestTwin Brook 1 Allagash 1 y y WestTwin Brook 2 Allagash 1 y y WestTwin Gravel Pit Allagash 1 y y y Blue Pond T13R13 1 y y y Deadeye Bridge T18R13 3 y y 3rd Pelletier Pond T16R9 3 y y y Ben Glazier T14R12 1 y y Big Black River Road T15R13 2 y y y Wells Campsite T16R13 1 y y Big Black Fall Site T15R13 1 y y y Connors Cove T18R10 7 y y y Total 34 NMWCampsiteInformation 8 RagmuffSeboomook Region Lane Brook T2R4 4 1 y y y Leadbetter Falls T2R18 3 y y y Leadbetter Pit T2R18 3 1 y y y Gilberts Crossing T2R4 3 1 y y y Lane Brook Boundary Rd T3R4 1 y y y Cheney Pond T3R4 3 y y Penobscot Dam T4R4 4 1 y y y Penobscot Pd Ice Box Pit T4R4 1 y y y Long Pond T3R5 4 1 y y y Dole Pond T3R5 4 1 y y y Dole Brook T3R5 1 y y Hurricane Pond T5R20 1 y y Hurricane Stream T5R19 2 1 y y Snake Campsite T4R18 6 1 y y y y Nulhedus Pit T1R4 1 y y Little Lobster Lake T3R14 2 1 y y y 35-Mile Campsite DoleTwp 1 y y Total 44 St. John River Turner Bogan T8R17 2 y y Flaws Bogan T8R17 1 1 y y Flaws Bogan Camp T8R17 1 y y Southwest Branch T9R17 1 y y Doucie Brook T10R17 2 y y Knowles Brook T10R16 1 y y Northwest Branch T10R17 1 y y Ledge Rapids T11R16 2 1 y y Moody Campsite T11R16 2 1 y y y y Red Pine T11R16 3 y y y y Burntland Brook T11R16 2 1 y y Nine-Mile Campsite T12R16 2 y y East Nine-Mile T12R15 1 y y y Connor Farm T13R15 1 y y Seven Islands T13R15 3 2 y y Priestly Campsite T13R14 2 1 y y y y Simmons Farm T14R14 2 1 y y Big Black Rapids T15R13 3 1 y y Ferry Crossing T15R13 2 1 y y y y Seminary Brook T15R13 2 1 y y y y Longs Rapids T16R13 2 1 y y y Castonia Farm T16R12 2 y y y y Ouellette Brook T16R12 2 y y y Ouellette Farm T16R12 3 1 y y y y Fox Brook T16R12 3 2 y y y y Poplar Island Allagash 1 1 y y y Total 49 Oxbow Region Lapomkeag Field T8R8 2 1 y y y Millinocket Stream T8R8 2 y y y Munsungan Stream T8R9 2 1 y y y Total 6 Township Township Sites Sites Shelters Shelters WaterAccess WaterAccess VehicleAccess VehicleAccess CanoeAccess CanoeAccess CamperAccess CamperAccess 9 The Maine Forest Service protects hundreds of thousands of acres in NMW from wildland fire every year. It is everyones responsibility to be safe with campfires and report wildland fires that you encounter. Remember you must attend your campfire at all times. Its important to put your fire dead out before you leave your site for the day. A heavy wind and dry conditions can create a large wildland fire from what was an innocent campfire and the person who lights the fire is responsible for damages. Campers are reminded that it is unlawful to burn prohibited items such as plastic metal cans bottles and any type of trash. Please carry your trash out. Your actions will help ensure that the resource we all enjoy is preserved for this and future generations. If you encounter a wildland fire report it immediately. Information that is helpful when reporting a fire includes where the fire is township GPS coordinates nearest road what fuel the fire is burning in what type of fire behavior is being exhibited is there a water source nearby and are there any camps or tree plantations threatened. ThisinformationhelpsMaineForestServiceprovideaquickermoreefficientresponse. Toreportawildlandfireobtainfirepermits or to receive additional information you may call Northern Region Ashland 207-435-7963 Central Region OldTown 207-827-1800 Allagash District Office Portage 207-435-6644 Maine Forest Service For any emergency call 911 AroostookWaters District Office Masardis 207-435-6975 East Branch District Office Island Falls 207-463-2331 Moosehead District Office Greenville 207-695-3721 10 The KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest is a 175000 acre tract of forest land located between Millinocket Brownville and Greenville. At the request of the forest landowners in this area NMW contracted with them in 1986 to establish checkpoints and campsites to manage increasing public use of their lands. Due to differences in operating costs and landowner management objectives the KI Jo- Mary user fees are slightly different from fees assessed for use of NMW. Season registrations are not interchangeable between NMW and KI Jo-Mary. In both cases land use fees help offset recreational management costs. Recreationists traveling by vehicle will pass through one of these checkpoints. Please refer to the map located on page twelve of this publication. The following listing will inform you of operating hours. All four checkpoints open the first of May and close mid October. Jo-Mary Checkpoint Open from 600am to 900pm seven days a week. KI Checkpoint Open from 600am to 900pm seven days a week. Hedgehog Checkpoint Open from 600am to 900pm seven days a week. Henderson Checkpoint Open from 600am to 900pm seven days a week. Henderson is an electronic unmanned checkpoint managed by Jo-Mary checkpoint staff. Checkpoints and Hours of Operation Maine Non Residents Residents Under 15 and over 70 years of age Free Day Use Free Day Use Per Day 7.00 12.00 Day Use Season Registration 60.00 75.00 Camping Per Night 10.00 10.00 OwnerGuest Passes for Campowners 60.00 60.00 Each Campowner can purchase up to 8 passes Passage At Any Checkpoint After Hours 20.00 per vehicle Land Use and Camping Fees Katahdin Iron Works Jo-Mary General Information You will find solitude fishing hunting hiking fresh air clean water good times and many other outdoor activities. The KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest landowners are trying to encourage and preserve this type of experience. photobyMarkGrant 11 KI Area Number of Facilities Name Location Sites Privies Tables Shelters KI Field T6R9 8 3 8 0 Silver Lake 1 T6R9 1 1 1 0 Silver Lake 2 and 3 T6R9 2 1 2 1 Silver Lake 4 and 5 T6R9 2 2 2 0 Pleasant River 1 T6R9 1 1 1 1 Pleasant River 2 T6R9 1 1 1 1 Pleasant River 3 T6R9 1 1 1 1 Pleasant River 4 T6R9 1 1 1 0 Pleasant River 5 T6R9 1 1 1 1 Pleasant River 6 T6R9 1 1 1 0 High Bridge 1 T7R10 1 1 1 0 High Bridge 2 T7R10 1 1 1 0 High Bridge 3 T7R10 1 1 1 1 Big White Bk. 1 2 3 4 T7R10 4 2 4 0 Pleasant River 7 8 9 10 T7R10 4 1 4 0 Hay Brook Campsites T7R10 3 2 3 0 Pine Camp T8R11 1 2 1 1 Totals 34 23 34 7 Hedgehog Area Number of Facilities Name Location Sites Privies Tables Shelters Long Pond - Vehicle Access T7R9 3 3 2 0 Long Pond - Water Access T7R9 1 1 1 0 Horseshoe Pond W. Bowdoin College Grant 4 2 4 0 Trout Pond Lean-To W. Bowdoin College Grant 1 1 0 1 Totals 9 7 7 1 Jo-Mary Area Number of Facilities Name Location Sites Privies Tables Shelters Gauntlet Falls 1 T8R10 1 1 1 0 Gauntlet Falls 2 T8R10 1 1 1 0 Crawford Pond TAR 11 2 1 2 0 Long Pond TAR 11 4 1 4 2 Big Pleasant Pond TAR 11 2 2 2 1 Johnston Pond TAR 10 5 2 5 2 Little Jo-Mary Pond TBR 10 4 1 4 0 East Branch Pleasant 1 TBR 11 1 1 1 1 East Branch Pleasant 2 TBR 11 1 1 1 0 East Branch Pleasant 3 TBR 11 1 1 1 0 East Branch Pleasant 4 TBR 11 1 1 1 1 East Branch Pleasant 5 TBR 11 2 1 2 0 Pratt Brook TAR 10 1 1 1 0 Johnston Brook T1R11 1 1 1 1 Totals 27 16 27 8 The KI Jo-Mary Forest is not your everyday camping area. The sites are primitive and well spread out. You will be able to find solitude fishing hunting hiking fresh air clean water good times and many other outdoor activities. The KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest landowners are trying to encourage and preserve this type of experience. No party will be allowed to camp more than two weeks in one location. No trailer tent or other equipment is to be stored on any campsite. Items left unattended for more than three consecutive days may be removed at the ex- pense of the owner. Camping is allowed only in the authorized campsites shown on the map on page twelve. The checkpoint recep- tionists will gladly assist you in choosing a location when you register. Fees will vary according to the number in your party and the length of your stay. A fireplace picnic table and privy are located at each campsite. There is no running water or electricity. Campsites are maintained weekly. Campsite reservations are not required but recommended for Friday and Saturday nights. For the areas served by the KI and Hedgehog checkpoints call KI checkpoint at 207- 965-8135. For the area served by the Jo-Mary checkpoint call 207-723-8944. If you are not able to honor your reservation please call the checkpoint early enough in the day so others might en- joy the campsite. You are welcome to use dead and down wood for your fire at an authorized location. Extreme caution is always the rule. Remember a small fire is best for cooking and a DEAD fire is the best when unattended. All outside fires must be within the steel fire rings provided at the authorized camp- sites. Building your own rock fireplaces is not permitted. By Maine law it is illegal and punishable by a fine to have an unauthorized cooking or warming fire or to leave any fire unattended. Please carry your trash out. Do not leave trash at your campsite or alongside roads and waters. Camping in the KI Jo-Mary Forest photo by NMW staff T2R13T2R12T2R11T2R10T2R9 T1R11T1R10T1R9 TAR11TAR10 INDIANN TAR12 VEAZIECORE COOPER MTN JO-MARY MTN POTAYWADJO MTN NESUNTABUNT MTN WADLEIGHPOND NORTHCAMPSITE WADLEIGHPOND CAMPSITES1-3 MASQUASHBROOK CAMPSITES12 MASQUASHFIELD CAMPSITES12 LEAVITTPOND CAMPSITE BRIDGEOUT UNMANNED GATE HENDERSON CHECKPOINT PRATTBROOK CAMPSITE BRIDGE OUT UNMANNED GATE BIGPLEASANT PONDCAMPSITES LONGPOND CAMPSITE BOATLAUNCH UNMANNED GATE UNMANNED GATE CRAWFORD POND CAMPSITE BRIDGEOUT EASTBRANCHPLEASANT RIVERCAMPSITE3 JOHNSTON POND CAMPSITES 1-5 JOHNSTON BROOK CAMPSITE BOATLAUNCH SMITHS JO-MARYLAKE CAMPGROUND COMMERCIAL UNMANNED GATE EBRANCHPLEASANT RIVERCAMPSITE1 LITTLEJO-MARY PONDCAMPSITES1-4 EBRANCH PLEASANTRIVER CAMPSITE4 OVERFLOW CAMPSITE EBRANCH PLEASANT RIVER CAMPSITE5 BOATLAUNCH BRIDGE OUT BPOND CAMPSITE UNMANNED GATE DISTANCES ThislistshowsthemilesbetweenvariouspointsintheKIJo-MaryForest. Thesearenothighspeedroads.Ifyoutrytoaveragemorethan20milesperhour youwillbeendangeringyourlifeandthelivesofothers. BrownvilletoKICheckpoint........................................................14 BrownvilletoJo-MaryCheckpoint............................................18 MillinockettoJo-MaryCheckpoint...........................................15 MillinockettoKICheckpoint.......................................................32 GreenvilletoHedgehogCheckpoint.......................................11 Route11toKICheckpoint.............................................................7 Jo-MaryCheckpointtoJo-MaryLakeCampground............6 KICheckpointtoHayBrook...........................................................6 Jo-MaryCheckpointtoBPond...................................................10 HedgehogCheckpointtoHayBrook.......................................12 Jo-MaryCheckpointtoHendersonCheckpoint..................13 HedgehogCheckpointtoJo-MaryCheckpoint...................31 LEGEND KIJo-MaryBoundary AppalachianTrail PavedPublicHighway PrimaryRoad MinorRoadorSpur WinterorDiscontinuedRoads TownshipBoundaryLine PondsRiversandStreams MinorStreamsandBrooks MannedCheckpoint UnmannedGate Campsite CommercialCampground BoatLaunch ParkingArea BridgeOut KatahdinIronWorksJo-Mary MULTIPLEUSEMANAGEMENTAREA 12 areaof enlargement fortkent portage houlton millinocket greenville bangor augusta portland barharbor 13 TBR11 TBR10 EAST BOWDOIN COLLEGE GRANT WEST BOWDOIN COLLEGE GRANT T7R9 N.W.P. KATAHDIN IRONWORKS T5R9 N.W.P. T4R9 N.W.P. LAKEVIEW EBEEMEE MTN CHAIRBACK MTN SADDLEBACK MTN GULF HAGAS MTN ELEPHANT MTN JO-MARY CHECKPOINT GAUNTLETFALLS CAMPSITES12 EBRANCHPLEASANT RIVERCAMPSITE2 BRIDGE OUT BRIDGE OUT BIGWHITEBROOK CAMPSITES PINECAMP CAMPSITES KATAHDIN IRONWORKS CHECKPOINT BARRIER SILVER LAKEFIELD SILVER LAKESITES WEST BRANCH PLEASANT RIVER CAMPSITES BPOND ROADSITE UNMANNED GATE HIGHBRIDGE CAMPSITESHAYBROOK CAMPSITES UPPERWESTBRANCH PLEASANTRIVER CAMPSITES PARKINGAREA PARKINGAREA LONGPOND CAMPSITES HORSESHOE SITES UNMANNED GATE HEDGEHOG CHECKPOINT WATERACCESS CAMPSITE BOATLAUNCH Millinocket 14Miles MaineRoute11 BrownvilleJct. 14Miles Gulf Hagas Reserve Greenville 5Miles PLEASEREMEMBER...CAMPINGANDOUTSIDEFIRESAREALLOWEDONLYATTHEAUTHORIZEDCAMPSITESAVAILABLE AMC Maine Woods Initiative LLC Pine State Timberlands LLC Cassidy Timberlands LLC North Woods Maine LLC Greentrees Inc. Katahdin Forest Management LLC McCrillis Timberland LLC Prentiss Carlisle Company Inc. The National Park Service Silver Ridge Land Company State of Maine Lands managed by Prentiss Carlisle Management Co. Lands managed by Huber Resources Corp. Landowners within the 175000 acres of KI Jo-Mary and Managers photobyMarkGrant Pleasant River 14 In 1966 the Maine Legislature approved the creation of the Allagash Wil- derness Waterway AWW. Concurrently a bond issue in the amount of 1.5 million dollars was sent to referendum to acquire the restricted zone land within 400 to 800 feet of the normal high-water mark. The bond issue was overwhelmingly approved by Maine voters on November 8 1966. By 1972 acquisition of the restricted zone with the exception of the Telos and Lock Dam lots was complete with the assistance of federal money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The total acquisition cost of the waterway was 3 million. The Allagash River watershed was first suggested for public acquisition in A Recreation Plan for Maine published in 1956 by the Maine State Park Commission. In 1961 the Na- tional Park Service recommended that the federal government purchase the lands and waters of the waterway to pre- serve and protect them as a component of the National Park System NPS. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall strongly endorsed a NPS recommendation for the federal government to acquire almost three mil- lion acres of land and water to create an Allagash National Rec- reation Area. The State of Maine preferring state control prepared a less extensive counter-proposal in 1965. That state proposal which included review of wood harvesting within one mile of the watercourse was eventu- ally endorsed by Secretary Udall the Maine Legislature and voters of the State of Maine The 92 mile long waterway has had a turbulent political history with vari- ous groups and stakeholders advocating for more or less access points and water crossings. One thing that everyone can agree on is that the waterway is a special place and should be protected for future generations. The found- ing legislation that established the waterway calls for the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands to preserve protect and develop the maximum wilder- ness character of the watercourse. 50 years later- I would say that the wa- terway is in a pretty good place. We have some special events planned for this year. Wildlife artist Mark Mc- Collough was commissioned to paint a picture of a family canoeing below Allagash Falls. The painting was reproduced as prints 500 of which are signed and numbered by the artist. We were very fortunate that Mark was willing to paint the original picture for the waterway. He has canoed the waterway several times and is sup- portiveofusingthepaintingtoraisefundsfor the AWW. Mark is a well-respected Maine artist who painted both the loon and chickadee license plates. Rollin Thurlow who is regarded as one of Maines finest wooden canoe build- ers generously offered to donate a 17 foot Atkinson Traveler Canoe. The canoe will be a special 50th Anniversary edition a true one of a kind watercraft. The canoe will be sold at an online auction offered by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to benefit the waterway A celebration is planned at Churchill Dam on July 23rd. We will host an open fire baking contest and bean hole bean supper with homemade ice cream. There will be demonstrations by a blacksmith the Maine Forest Service De- partment of Inland Fisheries Wildlife and others. AWW staff will provide bateau rides up to the Jaws Campsite and back give tours of the boarding house and History Center. We will have artifacts on display- including a working Lombard Log Hauler We will run canoe flows from Churchill Dam all day and provide shuttle service back to the dam. Outfitters will be on location with canoes for those that need a canoe. The day will close with a Matthew LaRoche Superintendent Allagash Wilderness Waterway Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation 15 flag ceremony music and a sing-along around a bonfire. We will open the field near the ranger station for camping over that weekend. A second grand celebration is planned on August 20th in the Town of Allagash. We will have guest speakers an ongoing waterway film show a paddle and pole canoe event bean supper and landownerstakeholder booths. We will close the day with a flag ceremony and special music. We will also have artifacts and the same Lombard Log Hauler on display at our Michaud Farm Ranger Station about 12 miles upriver from town. These events are open to the public at no cost thanks to donations from gener- ous supporters of the waterway. Come help us celebrate 50 years of conserva- tion of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is managed by the Department of Agricul- ture Conservation and Forestrys Bureau of Parks and Lands. For an information packet or general information on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway go to www.maine.govallagash or call 207-941-4014 or write to the Bureau of Parks and Lands 106 Hogan Road Bangor ME 04401. In an effort to help more women and girls get outside and continue the growing trend of women in the outdoors a group of sportswomen created Women of the Maine Outdoors a non-profit organization to provide funding possibilities for all fellow Maine women and girls who want to try any outdoor activ- ity. Any woman or girl who is interested in camping ATVing fishing trapping hunting etc. is eligible to apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of classes such as those offered by Women and our Woods Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and the National Turkey Foundation. Scholarships will also go beyond introductory classes to courses including Wilderness First Aid hand gun safety and for girls conservation camp. Perhaps one of the coolest opportunities is for women to obtain their Maine Guides License with a scholarship from the group. Women of the Maine Outdoors goal is to see more women and girls feel comfortable going out on an early morning turkey hunt or sitting in that bear blind by themselves. Along with this new group comes a fantastic partnership Women of the Maine Outdoors and the Sportsmans Alliance of Maine have partnered to become the go-to resource for women interested in the outdoors. This state-wide partnership will allow women and girls to get connected with the programs events and learning opportunities offered through SAM and its partners while having the funding support of Women of the Maine Outdoors. Cathy DeMer- chant chair of the SAM board couldnt be more excited The SAM Board is incredibly pleased to be partnering with Women of the Maine Outdoors This is a natural fit for our organization and will enable us to further strengthen our core mission by providing educational opportunities to what is now the fastest growing segment of our membership. In addition the new partnership will allow us to strengthen the American heritage and tradition of hunting trapping and fishing. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership Here is how you can help and get involved As a non-profit organization Women of the Maine Outdoors relies on funding from outfitters rod gun clubs businesses and individuals to offer scholarships from 5 - 500. If you would like to help get more information or apply for a scholarship please contact the board at www.wom- Throughout 2016 scholarships will be available to all interested women and girls so please spread the word to anyone that you know who may benefit from a scholarship women girls going outdoors with Maines BigRapids Casey RapidsElizaHole Rapids TwinBrookRapids SpringBankRapids McGargleRocks RoundPond Rips Rapids McKeen Lake Musquacook Deadwater Long Lake Harvey Pond Round Pond Fox Brook Haffor dBrook WestTwi nBrook GeraldBrook East TwinBrook BrownBrook M cKinnon Brook BigBrook McKeen Brook Ram sayBrook BassBrook BurntlandBrook Farm Br ook BenGlazierBrook McKinnonBrook BoganBrook SavageBrook Musquacook S tream Croque Brook Ch aseBrook ScheduleBrook Gamash Br ook W h itakerBrook Harding Brook SweeneyBrook Henderson Br ook ShepherdBrook Chemquasabamticook Stream Brook S earwayBrook ConnerBro ok First Allagash Falls St.J ohnRiver AllagashRi ver AllagashRi ver All agashRiver St.JohnR iver 2.5miles MichaudFarm1 Finley Bogan Henderson Bridge AllagashWildernessWaterway OtherPublicLands WaterwayRangerCamp CanoeAccess TrailerableBoatLaunch Portage WaterwayCampsites numberofcells OtherCampsite SportingCampprivate FireTower Falls Danger Rapids TownLine Parking TheRules TherulesgoverningtheAllagashWildernessWater- waywereestablishedtoprotecttheWaterwayandits users.Theserulescontainimportantinformationon severalsubjectssuchasthelimitationsplacedonthe useofboatsmotorscanoesandauthorizedaccess points.Pleaserefertotheruleswhenplanningyour trip.Foracopyoftherulespleasecontact NorthernRegion BureauofParksandLands 106HoganRoadBangorME04401 Phone207941-4014 TheTrip Abilitydesireandtimeareamongthemostimportant factorstoconsiderwhenplanningthetypeoftripyou wishtoundertake.Somevisitorswillwanttoengage aguideoutfitterorexperiencedcanoeist.Othersmay wishtoarrangeforfloatplanetransportationintoor outoftheWaterway.Infoonoutfittersguidesandfloat planeservicesisavailablefromNorthMaineWoods. ThelongesttripthroughtheWaterwaystartsatTelos LakeandendsatWestTwinBrookadistanceofabout 92miles.Thistakes7to10days.Itiswisetoallowex- tratimesincesomedaysstrongwindsmakecanoeing onthelargelakesverydifficult.Withextratimebuilt intoyourscheduleyouwillnotbetemptedtoventure ontothelakesduringdangerousconditions. ShortertripsmaybetakenfromTelosnorthto ChurchillDamwhichismostlylakeorfromUmsaskis LaketoWestTwinBrookwhichismostlyriver. ForasidetripconsiderthatthreemileswestofLock DamliesthemouthofAllagashStream.Anexperi- encedcanoeistcanmakethe6-miletripwithpoleand Access Bothsummerandwinterac- cesspointstotheAWWare designatedandmanaged. PleaserefertotheAWWrules forthelocationsofauthorized launchsiteshikingtrailsand winteraccesspoints. PartySize Groupsofmorethan12per- sonsofanyageincludingtrip leadersandorguidesare prohibitedfromtravelingthe AllagashWildernessWaterway orcampingatAWWcampsites. Forcurrentwaterlevelsvisit menwiscurrenttypeflow CFScubicfeetpersecondbe- low500meansthattherocks arestartingtoshow.CFS below250meansthatpeople aresearchingforthechannel anddraggingalot. AlongtheWay LockDamTheearthendam wasbuiltin1841todivertthe flowofChamberlainLakewa- terintotheEastBranchofthe PenobscotRiver. 16 AllagashWildernessWaterway maine.govAllagashWildernessWaterway Rapids Rapids ChaseRapids Priestly Lake Longley Pond WebsterLake Little Shallow Lake Daggett Pond Round Pond Poland Pond Johnson Pond Upper Ellis Pond Little Ellis Pond Otter Pond Little Round Pond MilePond NarrowPond Upper Russell Pond Lower Russell Pond Clarkson Pond Round Pond Russell Cove Midnight Pond LostPond EllisBog Coffeelos Pond Little Leadbetter Pond Heron Lake Clear Lake Fourth Third Fifth Pleasant Lake HarrowLake SpiderLake Umsaskis Lake Churchill Lake Eagle Lake IndianPond ChamberlainLake Mud Pond Um bazooksusLake Chesuncook Lake Round Pond TelosLake HaymockLake Cuxabe xisLake Caucomgomoc Lake Bl ack Pond Shallow Lake Allagash Lake Midnight B rook Smit h Brook MudBrook KelloggBrook Leadbetter Brook Leadbetter Pond Little Indian Pond Woodman Pond WoodmanBrook Indian Stream Martin Cove EllisBrook Gr ey SquirrelBrook TheThoroughfare HesseBrook HalfwayBrook Second Musq uacook Lakes GlazierPond Glazier Brook N.Br .GlazierBrook Ch isholmBrook Drake Brook McCluskeyBrook AllagashRiver Little Churchill Pond Harro w Br ook PleasantStream ChurchillBro ok Thoroughfar eBrook N.TwinBrook S. Twin Broo k RussellBrook MileBroo k SoperBrook OtterB rook Twin Lake Cliff Lake Soper Pond Little Allagash Falls SmithBrook Allagash Stream Ciss Stream Arm ofChamberlain UmbazooksusStream ChamberlainBridge 17 paddleupthisstreamtotheunforgettablesolitude ofAllagashLake.Thislakeandstreamareclosedto airplanesmotorsandmechanizedequipmentofany type.Onlycanoesarepermittedhere. ThewaterlevelinthesidestreamsincludingAllagash Streamishighlyvariable.Theremaybealackofad- equateflowofwaterforcanoeingespeciallylatein theseason.Veryearlyintheseasonflowsmaybetoo heavytocanoe. AshortportagefromLockDamwilltakeyoualongthe traditionalroutewitha12-milepaddleacrossEagle Lakea2-milerunthroughthethoroughfareand5 moremilesoflaketoChurchillDam.Belowthedamis a9-miletripthroughChaseRapidsdroppingintoUm- saskisLake.ChaseRapidsisfamedforitswhitewater canoeing.Ittakesanexperiencedpersoninthestern abletoguideacanoethroughtherockswhenwater isrunninghigh.Onbrightdaysafter200pmcanoe- istswillexperienceconsiderableglarefromthesunas theyruntherips.Sunglasseshelp. ThetripacrossUmsaskisLaketothethoroughfareat LongLakeis5mileslong.HeretheprivateAmerican RealtyRoadcrossestheWaterway. Another5milesthroughLongLakewillcarryyouinto the10-milerundownrivertoRoundPondwhichis3 mileswide. An18-milepaddletoAllagashFallsathirdofamile portageandarunof8mileswillbringyoutoWest TwinBrook. WestTwinBrookistheendoftheAllagashWilder- nessWaterwaybutmanyprefertocontinueanother 5milestoAllagashVillageattheconfluenceoftheSt. JohnandAllagashRivers.Itisabout15milesdown- rivertoSt.Francisandanother15milestoFortKent. Waterlevelsvarythroughouttheseasonbutthereis usuallygoodrecreationalwaterforalltypesofcanoe- istsfromMaythroughOctober. TheTramwayTheoriginal cabletramwaywasbuiltin 1902-1903totransportlogs fromEagleLaketoChamber- lainLakeadistanceofthree- quartersofamile.Atpeakpro- ductionahalf-millionboard feetoflogswerehandledina singleday. AbandonedRailroadTheEagle LakeandUmbazooksusRail- roadwasbuiltin1925-1926 andhauled125000cordsof pulpwoodeachyearfromEagle toUmbazooksusLake. ChaseRapidsThemosttaxing stretchofwaterontheAllagash extendsbetweenChurchill DamandUmsaskisLake.The 9-milecoursethroughtherips canbeahighpointforwhite- watercanoeenthusiasts.Por- tageserviceisavailableforthis stretchofwhitewater. CampingFeesUnder10 yearsofageisfree.8.00per nightperpersonforresi- dents.12.00pernightper personfornon-residents. Plusa9lodgingtax. 18 The college offers an Associates degree in Applied Forest Management which prepares students for careers as foresters forest rangers or for jobs in wild-land firefighting. Because the college is located virtually on the doorstep of the North Maine Woods the program is able to offer a unique hands-on career skills preparation experience in this gigantic outdoor classroom. Each year a week before the school semester starts students in the Applied Forest Management program embark on a five-day course held at the campus owned Elmer Violette Wilderness Camp and surrounding forests on the Allagash Waterway. Although computers are an integral part of the field experience internet cell phones and other electronic devices dont come into play due to the remoteness of the setting. The Violette camp near Round Pond has all the comforts of home and school without the usual distractions. Students become immersed in their studies in an environment similar to what they might encounter in their future careers. This supplemental program feature offers elements of an old-time traditional woods-work atmosphere. Partici- pants bunk or camp out together eat family style and end the day with a roaring fire when conditions allow. A The University of Maine at Fort Kent has the distinction of being the Northern-most college campus in Maine. For anyone who enjoys the North Maine Woods and has thought about a career working outdoors its a great place to go to school. classroom Collaborative By Jeff Dubis Instructor of Forestry University of Maine at Fort Kent 19 After a hearty breakfast camp days begin with a brief overview of the days objectives in the rustic indoor classroom and then its straight out to the work site by vehicle on foot and in one instanceby canoe Upon returning from fieldwork students compile and analyze their daily data and generate reports via generator-powered computers. A camp cooklab technician helps keep the logistics of feeding and transport covered so the instructor can assist with studies. Field experiences emphasize hands-on application of skills and directly connect to a variety of topics covered during the previous semesters courses. In one lab on a ridge overlooking Round Pond students study forest soils and landscape features and the relationship they have to species composition and forest productivity. In a second lab students assess the survival rates of spruce seedlings in a young plantation and exam- ine the impact that natural vegetation may be having on seedling growth. Time is also spent assessing older forests and determining how to best manage them to improve growth rates wood quality and overall forest health. The applied lab activities and unique setting challenge students to practice collaborative teamwork and problem solving skills very important for navigating todays job markets. During the week instructors provide multiple opportunities to observe the forestry practices of landowners within the North Maine Woods including Irving Woodlands and The Nature Conservancy TNC. Landowner presentations are aimed at providing a balanced view of industrial forest practices stewardship and conservation. Students learn about Irvings intensive tree planting and thinning programs as well as other forestry practices which emphasize efficient wood production. A tour of the Nature Conservancy TNC properties provides another perspective of forestry practices. TNC manages for timber production as well but typically does not employ such intensive forestry measures. Instead emphasis is on promoting natural regeneration and many of their forestry activities not only focus on growing trees for forest products but also on maintaining and improving wildlife habitat for such species as the Canada lynx. Since the first course offering in 2004 the NMW field forestry camp experience has become an anticipated and memorable benchmark event. Camp philosophy seems to have evolved into Work hard play a little and build an awesome fire. One en- A Community Atmosphere A Global Perspective umfk.eduforestry1-888-879-8635 Study forestry at the doorstep of the North Maine Woods tire afternoon is dedicated to canoeing down the Allagash and across Round Pond. From there participants climb to the fire tower on Round Pond Mountain. For those who fish a couple of hours on the Allagash is rewarding. When work is done each evening campfire discussions turn to comparisons of summer internships hunting fishing boating and stories of woods ex- periences. For some students the time spent at forestry camp deep in the North Maine Woods is the highlight of their educa- tion at UMFK. RECOVERING A FORGOTTEN FOREST Your reliable source for river reclaimed wood 207 723-9200 20 My story started the year before. I had turned 10 and Dad brought me to Maine to stay at Big Machias Lake camps for 3 days to hunt partridge. On the last night of our trip the own- er Mr. OConnor asked for a picture of me so he could add it to the wall of fame. I smiled and said I would send him one. I asked if I could come back again next year however this time to hunt for a bear not a partridge. His eyes widened and he paused looking over at Dad. Dad also paused and said we can talk about it when spring comes if you still want to. It was a long winter and spring seemed to take forever to ar- rive. During one of our Sunday dinners I asked again if I could go to Maine and hunt a black bear. Dad looked at Mom she looked at him and he said Hunting takes a lot of work. You will have to come to the range with me every Saturday to practice. If you miss one weekend of practice just one you wont go. I was going bear hunting We spent every weekend practicing. The gun was loud heavy and big. Dad taught me how to load unload. He showed me how to turn on and off the safety. He showed me how to shoot with a rest or with shooting sticks. He talked a lot about safety. When we arrived the camp was empty except for Mr. OConnor. He greeted us with a hand shake welcoming us back. I heard a truck and looked over as it pulled into the camp. The driver stepped out and Dad said That is my friend Jeff Lavway. He will be our guide this week. Go say hi. I walked over and Jeff said with a smile My job this week is to make sure you get your bear. Are you ready Yes I said. Then come with me. I followed him to a bunch of barrels and pails. Jeff asked that I help put some of the bait into small pails. It was very thick heavy and Logan Enjoys Her Successful sweetsmelling.Weallgotintohistruckanddroveoffpailsbounc- ing and all. Eventually we stopped in the middle of nowhere. He asked that I be quiet and walk slowly behind him. We walked into the woods and he paused next to a tree stand. He said This is your bait. This is where you will shoot your bear. I watched as he walked to a barrel and emptied the bait. He pounded the bar- rel with the pail very loudly and smiled. He bent half way and pointed to his ribs. I asked Dad what is he doing He whispered Hes pointing to where he wants you to aim when the bear walks in to the barrel. The next day was long since we didnt start until late in the after- noon. I waited patiently until finally we headed into the woods. We walked down the trail and Dad helped me get into the stand. Dad brought a pail of bait with us and put it into the barrel. He pounded the barrel loudly and walked back to me. He climbed the stand and sat down beside me and pulled up my gun. I loaded it and sat quietly. Dad said I squirmed around a lot. I say I waited patiently. Nothing came and darkness fell. I was very sad. Dad gave me a nice hug and said Hunting isnt always about shooting animals. Its about the adventures you have along the way that matters most. I wasnt sure what he meant at the time. All I knew was I was sad. I worked hard all summer and didnt see a bear. Dad said Be patient and good things will happen. The following day was a repeat of the day before. Another long wait until we finally headed back out. Dad brought another pail with us but this time I noticed he had a spray bottle with him. Whats that I asked. Jeff said its his special secret ingredi- ent.He told me to spray the area down with it before we sit. We walked in and I noticed the barrel wasnt standing up. Dad stood the barrel up and emptied 2 pails of bait into it. He sprayed Jeffs special ingredient high into the trees and around the barrel. He pounded the barrel loudly and walked back to me. He climbed the stand and sat down beside me and pulled up my gun. I loaded it and sat quietly. Dad said I squirmed around a lot. I still say I waited patiently. I stared forever at that barrel until Dad pointed at a chipmunk that was making a lot of noise. Dad whispered to me Youre still Bear Hunt b yLogan Tedesco 21 squirming. When you move too much you scare the chip- munk. If hes quiet then you are sitting still enough for the bear to come in. I tried harder. I sat still and he stopped barking and finally started eating berries. I continued starring at that blue barrel. I suddenly felt a nudge from my Dad. Dad point- ed to the left into the dark woods. It was a bear He was beautiful black and big He walked slowly to the barrel. I pointed my gun towards thebearandquietlytookthesafetyoff.Thebear wasperfectlysideways.Itookaimandpulledthe trigger. I missed The bear stood still a moment as I tried to put another shell into the chamber then as quickly as he appeared he ran away even faster. I started to cry. After all of that hard work I had missed. Dad hugged me and put his finger over my mouth asking me to be quiet. He said Its early yet be patient. We have time left today and a few more days left to hunt so dont worry. I sat quietly with an oc- casional tear rolling down my cheek. Whatd he know I missed and the bear ran away. I was disappointed. Everyone at camp would be disappoint- ed. I placed my head on his shoulder and waited quietly patiently until I stopped crying and the chipmunks stopped barking. We spent every weekend practicing. The gun was loud heavy and big. Dad taught me how to load unload. He showed me how to turn on and off the safety. He showed me how to shoot. He talked a lot about safety. The sun was setting. I knew we would be leaving soon once it fell below the tree-line. My eyes were closed re- flecting how I had looked over my barrel not through the scope like dad taught me. I knew better. I felt a nudge. I opened my eyes and saw black legs. They moved The bear was back I watched him as he moved slowly around the bank. He slowly walked to the barrel his nose high in the air. I could hear him sniffing Jeffs secret ingredient. I quietly took the safety off. I could hear my dad say look through the scope watch the bullet hit. I took careful aim and slowly squeezed the trigger and after a loud bang the bear jumped ran off and the woods were quiet once again. I looked at Dad and heard a moan. It was loud really loud. He smiled. He said Thats the death moan. You got yourself a bear Logan I started to cry again this time it was different. Happy excited sada flood of emotions that I cant ex- plain. I almost jumped out of the tree stand to go find my bear. We slowly walked to the barrel and Dad showed me a spot of blood. He pointed to the direction where the bear went. We slowly tracked the blood trail a few feet finding more and more. Dad pointed and I saw my bear He didnt go very far maybe 30 feet. He was big dark and beautiful. I finally had my bear that I waited all year for. 111 Garfield Road Ashland ME 04732 207-435-6890 Like us on Facebook Gateway VarietyRods Reels Fishing Supplies Vintage Mooselook Lures Convenience Store Hunting Supplies OVER 1000 DIFFERENT LURES OutfitterS G U I D E S E RV I C E The Hound Hunting Specialist OrnevilleTwp Maine 207.329.5483 Your land trust for Maines North Woods Conserving Maines forestlands for people wildlife and productive forests Offices in Bangor Greenville Your land trust for Maines North Woods Conserving Maines forestlands for people wildlife and productive forests Offices in Bangor Greenville Your land trust for Maines North Woods Conserving Maines forestlands for people wildlife and productive forests Offices in Bangor Greenville Your land trust for Maines North Woods Conserving Maines forestlands for people wildlife and productive forests Offices in Bangor Greenville Upper West Branch The Upper West Branch and Lobster Lake area offer pleasant canoeing and camping. Canoeing groups usually put in at Roll Dam Campsite Pe- nobscot Farm or Lobster Lake. It is a leisurely three day trip to Umba- zooksus Stream or five to seven day trip to the take out at the former site of Chesuncook Dam. Paddlers encounter quick water only from Big Is- land to Little Ragmuff and at very low water Rocky Rips. Lobster Lake is a popular camping spot for canoeing and fishing groups. Groups us- ing Lobster Lake should be aware that high winds can cause dangerous waves. Caution is recommended in the use of small watercraft. Chesuncook Lake Chesuncook Lake is the third largest lake in the state with a flowage length of 29 miles. High winds can cause dangerous waves. Be careful. Chesuncook Village is a popular stopping spot for canoe groups. In by- gone days the village had over 100 year-round residents a school post office stores church hotel boarding house and an organized town gov- ernment. Today the village boasts two sporting camps a modest store several seasonal camps and a church that has Sunday services during June July and August. Lower West Branch The Lower West Branch offers easy access for camping and fishing groups. The Golden Road is a primary land management road used for the transportation of forest products and runs parallel to the river for 10 miles from Abol to Ripogenus Dam. Ripogenus Dam to Big Eddy contains very severe rapids runable only by an experienced team in a whitewa- ter craft. It is recommended that groups wishing to run the Lower West Branch make arrangements with a whitewater rafting company. 22 Big Eddy to Ambejejus is mixed flat water and rapids with several falls and stretches of heavy rapids. Canoe groups who wish to run the Low- er West Branch should be experienced and use extreme caution due to the many rapids and falls. Several portages are also required. Refer to the AMC Canoe Guide. Campsites Camping is allowed only at sites designated by the Bureau of Parks and Lands. All sites are primitive many accessible only by watercraft. All sites have a fire ring table and outhouse. Fire permits are not re- quired however fires must be contained in fireplaces provided fire pans or portable stoves. Visitors are limited to no more than 7 con- secutive nights. The Bureau of Parks and Lands may authorize an extension on a day to day basis. Tents or other equipment cannot be left unoccupied on any site more than one night and sites must be va- cated by noon on the last day of the permit. If you are not interested in primitive camping there are commercial campgrounds and camps in the West Branch area. Camping Fees Under 10 years of age is free. 8.00 per night per per- son for residents. 12.00 per night per person for non-residents. Plus a 9 lodging tax. Organized Groups Groups of more than 30 people are prohibited. Groups of more than 12 people are restricted to using designated group campsites. Group campsites are marked by a on the map. Trip leaders of boys and girls camps licensed by the Department of Human Services are re- quired by law to obtain a permit from the Department of Inland Fish- eries and Wildlife in advance of the trip. Penobscot RiverPenobscot RiverLeisurely Flat Water Exciting Rapids Comfortable Campsites 23 Conservation Easements In 1981 the Department of Conservation Bureau of Parks and Lands accepted a perpetual Conservation Easement from Great Northern Paper Company. The easement encompasses 8090 acres along the shores of the East and West Branch of the Penobscot River and Lobster Lake ap- prox. 12 miles of the lake frontage and 67 miles of river. The easement transfers to the State of Maine substantial development rights and gives the State the right to regulate and manage recreation activities within 500 feet of the high water mark. The recreation management plan calls on the Bureau of Parks and Lands to maintain and enhance present recreational opportunities and maintain the natural character of the corridor. In 2002 the Department of Conservation Bureau of Parks and Lands accepted a renewable Conservation Easement of limited duration on portions of Chesuncook and Ripogenus Lakes and Brandy and Black Ponds from Brookfield Power. The easement protects 2365 acres and 80 miles of lake frontage from development and gives the State the right to manage recreational activities within 250 feet of the high water mark. photosbyPRCstaff 24 The shift away from cable skidders and chainsaws that began in Maine in the 1980s is now fully entrenched in the states logging industry and most companies that are surviving in the current market depend on the speed ef- ficiency and volume of mechanized logging to remain competitive. This shift has brought with it a need for advanced training for operators of the complex harvesters forwarders delimbers and grapple skidders that are in use in the Maine woods today and as the first generation of operators are now begin- ning to reach retirement age and more companies switch to mechanized log- ging new operators are in high demand. The employment opportunities in the Maine logging industry today are ex- cellent for those with the skills and training to operate mechanized forestry equipment. These are high-paying jobs with benefits and even in the current downturn in the forest products industry the demand for these positions is still high Dana Doran Executive Director of the Professional Logging Con- tractors PLC of Maine the trade association representing Maines profes- sional loggers said. While jobs for trained operators are abundant the training itself is not many logging companies have invested large sums of money and time in training their own employees in an attempt to meet their own demands. On average it takes a minimum of a 100000 investment in a new recruit between wages benefits repairs and lost production in the first year to provide such training. Today there are only four high school logger training programs left in Maine to offer fundamental logger education. These programs provide a vital intro- duction to the industry but are not equipped to train a fully functional entry level mechanized operator. Loggers like Tony Madden owner of A.W. Mad- den Forest Products of Milford who has been in the industry for decades say the skills needed by loggers keep growing. Todays equipment operators need more training than ever to operate this high-tech computerized logging equipment Madden said. In 2015 the PLC opened discussions with the Maine Community College System and industry partners seeking a solution to the training issue. That jointeffortledtocreationoftheregionsfirstmechanizedloggertrainingpro- gram which is scheduled to being operating this summer in northern Maine and move to new locations around the state each semester. The Mechanized Logging Operations Training Program is being jointly developed by the PLC and Northern Maine Community College NMCC Eastern Maine Community College EMCC and Washington County Community College WCCC with Mechanical Logger Education generous support from Milton CATCAT Forest Products and from Nortrax Inc.John Deere. In addition to more than 3 million in donated equipment andservicesfromNortraxJohnDeereandMiltonCATCATForestProducts the program will also receive generous support from the State of Maine. As a result of this assistance tuition for students who qualify for the program will be free from 2016-18. This new certificate program will be offered on a rotating basis at differ- ent locations throughout northern and eastern Maine including training at EMCC in Bangor WCCC in Calais and NMCC in Presque Isle. The first cohort which will be affiliated with EMCC will begin in July 2016 in Millinocket. The second program will start in November in Presque Isle and the current plan is to run the program three times a year in various locations in central eastern and northern Maine. In classroom and hands on settings students will be taught machine opera- tion and repair maintenance harvesting laws best management practices and safety. Students completing the program will also receive an industry recognized safety certification. At the end of the class the industry will gain a pool of highly trained forest operations technicians able to operate and maintain mechanized harvesting equipment and employ modern logging and GPS software effectively in the Maine woods. The training cannot come soon enough for many logging companies around the state who are anxious to fill current vacancies and also to be prepared to expand if and when demand for wood fiber grows as new markets open up. In 2016 an unseasonably warm winter that idled many logging operations due to mud and lack of snow and a rough six months in the wood market have left many of Maines characteristically optimistic loggers looking to the future and better days ahead. Maine loggers are used to ups and downs and to change and they know new markets for the states abundant wood fiber will emerge for those who invest in the equipment and the training needed to succeed in a global mar- ketplace. This has always been true and it remains true today. This new pro- gram will prepare the next generation of Maine loggers to carry the states 200 year logging tradition forward successfully Doran said. For more information about the new Mechanized Logging Operations Pro- gram contact Leah Buck Assistant Dean of Continuing Education at NMCC at 207 768-2768 or Jonathan Humphrey Communications Coordinator Professional Logging Contractors of Maine The news lately from the Maine logging industry has been discouraging paper mill and biomass plant closures and slowdowns declining demand for wood pellets cutbacks in business and employees. This would lead most people to expect job opportunities in the logging industry are disappearing but in fact exactly the opposite is happening in the case of mechanized logging. 25 Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry 26 Because of his interest in the Maine woods Paul Nadeau obtained a college degree to be a forester at the University of Maine and was hired as company forester by Seven Islands Land Company in 1971. After nine years as a forester oversee- ing logging operations in the St. John District extending from Estcourt to the Town of Allagash and St. Pamphile Paul left to start his own company of Nadeau Logging in 1980. In his early years during the 1980s and 1990s Paul operated from a fixed base logging camp on the Craigville Road west of Masardis. At that time he operated with hand crews using chainsaws and wood was brought roadside with skidders. PaulalsoownedseveralloggingtrucksunderthenameTimberlineTruckingduringthistimeperiod. Hepurchasedstump- age standing trees from the landowners and marketed the wood he harvested to different wood processing facilities. In later years Paul no longer worked from his logging camp. Harvesting converted from handcrews to mechanized equip- mentandhisoperationswerespreadoutovermanyareasofnorthernMaine. Ratherthansellingstumpagetocontractors wood sales were handled by landowners and Paul was contracted to harvest the wood and bring it roadside. He eventu- ally sold the trucking side of the business to his brother-in-law Bob Plourde who started working in the woods in the late 1970s. Bob now loads trucks for Nadeau Logging. PaulsfamilyrootsareinFortKentwheretheyranabakeryafurniturestoreandfuneralhome.Paulhasasonandadaugh- ter. After nearly 45 years working in the Maine woods Paul semi-retired in June of 2015 and worked out an agreement to transfer the company to his son Jason. Being semi-retired has Paul helping Jason two or three days a week. Jason did not start out with an interest in following in his fathers footsteps. His college studies included sports manage- ment and business. About six years ago he returned to help his father with a plan to eventually take over operations. TodayJasonoperatesfourdaysaweekinthesummerandfourandhalfdaysinthewinter. Thecommonworkdayconsists of leaving home at 4 am and ending operations at 5 pm. While many contractors operate with longer work days and work weeks Jason has an interest in his workers having more family and home time. A majority of his employees and subcon- tractors are under age forty which is a younger average than on many woods operations. A Key Family Operationin Our Working Forest 27 Clockwise from top left Jason and Derek Rio in front of Dereks Forwarder. Derek owns his own equipment and has worked with Jason for two and a half years. He is one of several other subcontractors on the job site to harvest and prepare wood for transport to area mills. Roadside cedar waiting to be transported to log home cedar fencing and cedar shingle processing facilities. Jason and subcontractorprocessor operator Rene Valcourt. Derek Rio bringing out load of logs which will be sorted by species and size into different log piles at roadside. Jason Nadeau right going over operating plans with Seven Islands Forester Pat Boyd who provides Nadeau Logging with a plan to guide harvest operations. The plan takes into consideration forest types wet and dry soil conditions unique or sensitive natural areas and road access. Chet Rafford is one of several subcontractors working with Jason to transport harvested wood to one of several wood processing facilities throughout Maine and Canada. This past year Jason had several operations going on concurrently in Oxbow on the Pine Island Road at Mile 20 on the Pinkham Road south- west of Ashland and at mile 13 on the Rocky Brook Road west of Por- tage. Jason has contracts with several landowners including Orion Tim- berlands Seven Islands Land Company and Maines Bureau of Public Lands. Jason works with forester Don Kidder from the Bureau of Parks and Public Lands Adam Nicak from Orion and Pat Boyd from Seven Is- lands Land Company. Today the companys wood harvesting operations consist of nineteen em- ployees and subcontractors and on the trucking side are eleven employees and subcontractors. All of the wood harvested is by contract with wood marketing done by landowners. Nadeau Logging is a Master Logger Certified company a member of the Cer- tified Logging Professional CLP and Professional Logging Contractor PLC programandwasawardedtheMaineForestProductsCouncilLoggerofthe Year award in 2004. 28 The first fire started late in the evening after two retirees turned in for the night. Within a few minutes of turning off the generator and settling in one of the men noticed an orange flicker from the camps porch. He got up to see what it was and found the porch on fire. He and his friend had to use the only exit the camp had through the door and across the porch. The friend has minor mobility issues and doesnt move as fast as he used to. Unable to hurdle over flames he singed his legs in making a slower-than-hed-like-to escape. By the time help arrived the camp was a complete loss. A second camp roughly 20 feet away was very close to ignition. Full plastic five gallon gas cans on the second camps porch had melted spouts and bubbled plastic. The porch uprights were blackened an outside thermometer melted and a Styrofoam cooler was a puddle. Due to the complete incineration of the first camp the fire cause was never fully determined. The second camp fire occurred at the start of bird season. A husband and wife spent the night at camp with a wood fire in their stove. In the morning they stoked the stove and started out the door. The husband noticed some sparks seemingly drifting down from the ceiling. Looking up he saw that the metal chimney had overheated and the plywood ceiling was smoldering. They got their cats which always come to camp with them to safety and grabbed a 20 year old fire extinguisher out of their vehicle. With a lot of doubt that it would work they tried the extinguisher. Much to their surprise it did work. They extinguished the wood fire in the stove as well as around the chimney. When fire personnel arrived from Ashland they found embers and more smoldering material in the insulation between the plywood layers and metal roofing. The responsibility of protecting Maines vast forest is the sole responsibility of the Maine Forest Service. Often times the Maine Forest Service responds to camp and vehicle fires in the unorganized territory as other fire protection is Upta Camp not available. Minimizing and responding to the fire threat and promoting public safety are our main priorities. In light of this past years fires the Maine Forest Service wants to take a moment to remind camp owners of a few things they can do to reduce the event of a catastrophic fire. Perhaps the single most important thing that you can do is to seriously think about what would happen if your camp caught fire. Think of your safety first. How are you going to get out of your camp in the middle of the night Do you have a working smoke detector Do you have two realistic ways out Do you have a working fully charged fire ex- tinguisher Walk around your camp. Picture it burning. Is there a way that the fire can spread from the camp to the woods or other buildings Are there over- hanging limbs or flammable vegetation within 20 feet Is there an accumu- lation of flammable ground fuels such as leaves or needles Where do you store gas and propane Is your generator in a separate building Do you have a deck or porch Is there a crawlspace under the camp Nowmakesomechanges. Gobuyasmokedetectortheyreinexpensive Go buy a fire extinguisher. Prepare yourself to be able to put out a small fire. Create a defensible space around your camp. In the first camp fire last year the reason that the second camp didnt burn was because it was on a well maintained gravel pad. The responding Forest Ranger crawled under the second camp looking for embers and didnt find any. In his opinion had there been forest floor vegetation and debris around the second camp it would have burnt as well. Defensible space is a 20 to 30 foot ring a small firebreak essentially around a structure where flammable material is reduced or removed with the goal By Amanda Barker Forest Ranger Maine Forest Service The 2015 wildland fire season was marred by two fires at seasonal camps within about 12 miles of each other as the crow flies in the North Maine Woods. One camp was a complete loss the second was what we would call a near miss. Fire Prevention 29 These herring-like fish with small mouths and large scales are actually part of the salmonid family distant relatives to other species of trout and salm- on. Lake whitefish can grow to large sizes weighing four pounds or more and their white flaky meat makes excellent table fare. Lake whitefish are fun to catch. Because they dwell in deep-water lake bot- toms feed on small baits and are a schooling fish the most effective way to target whitefish is by actively jigging. The advent of snowmobiles and power augers led to a popular whitefish following among ice fishermen since the 1970s. Unfortunately whitefish populations also began to decline around that time. Whitefish numbers have declined to such an extent that they only occur as remnant populations in most waters with healthy fishable populations in just a handful of lakes in the Allagash River drainage. The Maine Depart- ment of Inland Fisheries Wildlife has implemented restrictive fishing regulations in many lakes to prevent overharvest of these fish but recent research has revealed that the primary reason whitefish populations have declined has little to do with angler harvest. In almost every case we can document whitefish declines coinciding with the establishment of rainbow smelt populations. Smelts are not native to northern Maine but were widely introduced in the early days to provide forage for salmon also introduced and togue. Because lake whitefish and rainbow smelt utilize the same habitat and feeding strategies competition between the two species has likely caused whitefish declines and we sus- Whitefish Inhabit Waters pect that in many waters adult smelts also feed on juvenile whitefish. On a broad level these interactions have likely caused the extirpation of lake whitefish populations throughout the Fish River Chain of lakes. Since lake whitefish populations are still hanging on in many Allagash waters and theyve become a prized sportfish fisheries biologists have made it a priority to learn more about whitefishsmelt interactions. We began a research study last year on Cliff Spider and Second Musquacook Lakes. Preliminary results have provided a real eye opener to the huge changes we believe smelts have caused in these ecosystems. Both smelts and whitefish rely heavily on zooplankton to survive especially in the early days after the young hatch out. In lakes without smelts zooplankton populations are healthy and abundant but in lakes with high smelt densi- ties zooplankton numbers are too low to support feeding and survival of young whitefish. Developing a better understanding of lake whitefish population declines and strategies to protect and restore these populations has proven to be a monumental task and will take significant time and effort. Fortunately we still have some healthy fishable whitefish populations in the North Maine Woods. Several of the larger lakes in the Allagash drainage provide the best opportunity to catch whitefish. Try jigging with light tackle and small baits in the deepest depths of these lakes. For more information on whitefish populations specific locations and fishing strategies feel free to contact me at of preventing fire spread to a structure from a woods fire and vice versa. You also need to think about how small embers may travel. In large fire events struc- tures are lost well after the main fire front passes because tiny embers blow into nooks and crannies where flammable materials like dry leaves and mouse nests are. Many of the things to be done to create Defensible Space are simple yearly chores clean debris out of any gutters rake away flammable leaf litter trim up tree branches within the space at least six feet high remove overhanging branches keep temporary flammable items such as lawn chairs stored when not in use keep any grass mowed remove dead vegetation maintain an adequate mineral strip around any outside fire pits. Other things to create defensible space may take a bit more work close in crawlspaces and screen vent openings so that embers cant infiltrate. Create a five foot wide vegetation free zone around structures. Pile firewood and keep your generator and fuel in a structure separate from your camp. While these suggestions arent guarantees that the worst wont happen heeding them increases the odds of your camp surviving a forest fire or from spreading fire from a burning camp into the woods we all love. If you have a fire emergency or would like a Forest Ranger to evaluate your camp and give suggestions on how to improve your defensible space please contact the Maine Forest Service through the local State Police Barracks or your nearest Ranger station. in the North Maine Woods With abundant sport fishing opportunity for species like brook trout and togue in the North Maine Woods anglers might be surprised to discover the unique chance to fish for another native sportfish the lake whitefish. Lake whitefish were historically found in most of northern Maines larger lakes but their populations have declined considerably over the past half century. By Jeremiah Wood Northern Region Fisheries Biologist Fire prevention 30 Boreal comes from the Latin word for north. For example Aurora Borea- lis means Northern Lights. The true boreal forest takes hold of the planet above the 50th parallel where the oaks and maples of the south have given way to spruce and firs. Fortunately there are pockets of this forest type throughout northern Maine which means that birds more typically found inCanadacanbediscoveredrighthere.Youjusthavetoknowwheretolook. Here are your boreal targets Spruce Grouse Gray Jay Boreal Chickadee Black-backed Woodpecker and American Three-toed Woodpecker. Plus thereareseveralwarblerspeciesthatyouwontfindfarthersouthinMaine Cape May Bay-breasted Tennessee Wilsons and Mourning. Stay alert for two northern flycatchers too Yellow-bellied and Olive-sided. It helps to know the trees especially the difference between spruce and fir. Both have the conical form of a Christmas tree though the shape of the balsam fir is much more uniform in all ages. Spruces get pretty ragged as they age. Fir bark is smooth spruce bark is rough. This matters because the boreal species are best found around spruce but fir is more prevalent and can fool you. While traipsing about the logging roads look for good stands of spruce. Boreal Chickadees are usually the easiest to find. They like dense stands of young spruce though they tolerate fir. Except when nesting they are gen- erally noisy. They make the same chick-a-dee sound as the black-capped chickadees but distinctively wheezier. They are shier than their cousins but they can still be lured into view by squeaks and pishes. Gray Jays are also relatively easy. They like tall thinned stands of spruce where they glide from treetop to treetop. Jays are raucous often heard be- fore seen. They are curious and investigate visitors. They are notorious camp robbersandoftenassociatepeoplewithfood.Nearcampsitessomejaysmay even come in for a hand out. Spruce Grouse are tricky. They prefer to stay under deep coniferous cover where they are nearly impossible to spot. However they sometimes come out to the edge of the road to forage and take dust baths. In early spring males may come out in the road to strut. Later hens bring their chicks out to for- age on insects. Both sexes feed on needles high in a spruce and they relish tamarack needles in late summer. The best bet for finding them is to look for thickets with a mossy forest floor on the edge of damp areas dominated by black spruce tamarack and cedar. Blackspruceisthekeytofindingtherarewoodpeckers.Redsprucedominates the mountain and maritime forests of Maine. White spruce prefers the sunny edges. But black spruce likes it cold and damp. It is easily recognized because it grows in poor boggy soil. To compensate it sheds the lower branches and needles that it doesnt need giving the tree a tall lollypop shape. Both the Black-backed Woodpecker and the very similar American Three- toed Woodpecker have a fondness for grubs and beetles that hide under the bark of dead and dying conifers primarily spruce. Other woodpeckers drill holes directly into the bark to get at such delicacies. These woodpeckers chip from the side stripping patches from the tree. They are specialists thriving in areas disturbed by fire beaver flooding and timber harvesting. The American Three-toed Woodpecker depends almost exclusively on black spruce. The Black-backed Woodpecker also prefers black spruce but will for- age on other conifers such as hemlock and tamarack. Both birds are hard The 45th parallel bisects the state just north of Bangor. Midway between the Equator and the North Pole this line also marks the edge of a transition between the hardwood forests of the south and the conifer forests of the north. By the time you pass the checkpoint into the North Maine Woods youve crossed into a new world the very beginning of the boreal forest. in the Boreal Forest BirdingBirding by Bob Duchesne Wilsons Warbler Spruce Grouse Hen 31 to locate but they can be noisy drumming and callingonmorningswhentheairiscoolandstill. They leave clues. Freshly stripped bark leaves a reddish patch on the tree. If there is a concen- tration of this in an area chances improve that a rare woodpecker is in the vicinity. Once mat- ing begins in late winter these woodpeckers will stay close to their nesting sites through summer leaving clues on the nearby trees. Bay-breasted Warblers like the same low dense spruce favored by Boreal Chickadees. The song is weak but persistent. They seem to cluster so if you find one expect several. They are also among the most faithful in returning to the same spot every year. Often there are Blackpolls near- by. Blackpolls are customarily found in stunted spruce at higher elevations but they can be found in lower places too. I often find these two species sharing the same grove. Cape May Warblers have been difficult to find in recent years. They are spruce budworm specialists and can eat a thousand in one day. During outbreaks the population swells. The budworm has been absent for a couple of de- cades but outbreaks are cyclical and another is coming. Thats bad for foresters but good for warblers. Cape Mays show little nest site fidel- ity and they are best located by their song a high thin note repeated four or more times. Look for them atop relatively mature conifers. Tennessee Warblers are also budworm special- ists and currently they are nearly as tough to find as Cape Mays. When singing they are loud and persistent making them easier to track down. Wilsons Warblers nest in thick low spruce on the edge of damp areas. Mourning Warblers nest in low dry impenetrable brambles that spring up where harvest plots are regenerating. Both spe- cies are usually heard before seen. Finally be alert for the loud call of Olive-sided Flycatchers. They are well distributed throughout the north woods where they prefer tall perches inopenareas.Yellow-belliedFlycatchersarecom- mon around the edges of boggy areas. Both are vocal well into summer. Boreal ChickadeeBlack-backed Woodpecker Nashville Warbler 32 T hese are exciting times for grouse research in the North Maine Woods and beyond. In the North Maine Woods west of Baxter State Park a project is entering its 5th year investigating how spruce grouse populations are responding to different forest management practices. In central and mid-coast Maine a ruffed grouse study is in its second year and is focused on understanding harvest rates and habitat characteristics important to ruffed grouse survival and reproduction. In addition to these two projects spring ruffed grouse drumming surveys are being conducted across the state to monitor ruffed grouse populations at a larger scale. Key to the success of these projects is the collaboration between the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife MDIFW and the University of Maines UMaine Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Con- servation Biology. Spruce grouse are mostly found throughout northern and eastern Maine and can be seen as far south as Mount Desert Island. These birds get their name based on their habits of eating conifer needles throughout much of the year particularly in the winter when they eat almost nothing but. Despite what their name implies spruce grouse will eat not only spruce needles but also needles from fir jack pine and tamarack. The spruce grouse research being conducted in the North Maine Woods is part of a larger project exploring how wildlife use commercially-managed forests and the effects these land-use practices have on species survival reproduction and abundance. Specifically for spruce grouse we want to better-understand how populations perform under the management practices currently being used to produce timber in the North Maine Woods. To achieve this goal the project is using radio-telemetry to evaluate adult survival nest success and the survival of chicks during the summer in areas of different forest management strategies. Results are still preliminary but in 2015 we found that 50 of spruce grouse nests were successful and 73 of females with successful nests raised at least one chick to the beginning of the fall. We also found that females with young chicks used areas of the forest that had greater ground cover made up of leafy green plants and low-growing shrubs. As this work continues and is examined at multiple scales we will explore whether there are differences in survival and nest success under varying management practices. The results of this research will be used to inform habitat guidelines and produce recommendations for spruce grouse conservation in managed conifer forests and to evaluate the stability of spruce grouse populations in the North Maine Woods. As many fall visitors to the North Maine Woods can attest ruffed grouse partridge to many Mainers hunting draws many people to the woods each fall. Similar to the spruce grouse project we are using radio telemetry to track ruffed grouse survival and explore how survival varies among seasons and across years as well as to evaluate ruffed grouse habitat use to better un- derstand what types of forest cover individuals use in the Maine woods. We are using a method called a lily pad trap to catch unsuspecting grouse as they travel along the forest floor. This trap consists of two trap bodies each similar to a lobster trap attached to a 50 long by 18 high line of chicken wire. Traps are checked twice daily morning and evening and captured birds are fitted with a radio collar and an aluminum leg band. Spruce and Ruffed Grouse Research Kelsey Sullivan Wildlife Biologist Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Dr. Erik J. Blomberg Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology University of Maine Joel Tebbenkamp Graduate Student in the Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Conservation Biology University of Maine Hen spruce grouse photo by Erik Blomberg continued on page 35 33 Maine forests provide products that are utilized all over the world from the basic framing of homes right down to the beauti- ful finished floors. The natural resources for these products are abundant right here in Northern Maine. MooseWood Millworks located in Ashland is a wood flooring manufacturing facility and recent acquisition of Seven Islands Land Company and the Pingree family. Purchased from the Kelly family in 2012 Moose- Wood Millworks has become a great addition to the Seven Is- lands family of companies. Only a short time ago in the extensive history of Maine logging hard- wood was a challenging species to manage effectively. Northern Maine markets were scarce and all-encompassing silviculture was difficult to implement. Seven Islands commitment to comprehensive and sus- tainable forest management drove the desire to develop enhanced utilization of the resource in Northern Maine. Members of the Pingree family supported goals to vertically integrate utilization of the hard- wood resource on their 800000 acres. In 1999 the family built a state of the art hardwood mill in Portage. Maine Woods Company has been producing high quality hardwood lumber ever since. Employing over 60 workers MWC continues to saw 16-20 million board feet of Hard Maple SugarSoftMapleRedBirchandWhite Ash a year. Maine Woods Company was engineered with a mini-mill line designed to saw short logs 4 -6 feet in length. This is a technology that the hardwood industry had not embraced previously. It results in high quality boards sawn from pieces of wood that were once considered stove wood. In 2006 Seven Islands continued to integrate by purchasing the chipping facility in Portage. As a result Portage Wood Prod- ucts became a home for the hardwood pulpwood generated from harvest operations on the Pingree ownership. The addition of MooseWood Mill- works to this portfolio of excellence completes the journey of a hardwood tree growing in North Maine Woods to becoming a showpiece in homes all over North America. Hardwood flooring has been around for hundreds of years in the United States. It is a market of small margins and fierce com- petition. To stand out above the crowd in this industry you need to have a product of superior value. When it comes to beauty Mainers have a great under- standing because of the envi- ronment that surrounds them. Ashland has these qualities and is a wonderful place to have a manufacturing facility that pro- duces some of the best Maple and Birch flooring in the world. MooseWood Millworks employs up to 30 people in peak process- ingandhasproductiongoalsof1.5million square feet of flooring per year. A biomass boiler recently added to the site helps generate steam to heat the facilities and power the on-site dry kilns. Kiln capac- ity was also increased with Seven Islands acquisition and the team operating the kilns excels at providing a piece of lumber of high enough quality to become a piece of MooseWood Flooring. From a board to beauty. Starting in the kilns green lumber supplied by Maine Woods Company is dried to a desired moisture content. This helps keep the flooring consistent in form during the manufacturing process and when in- stalled as a floor. These boards include many of the high-quality short length boards that were skillfully utilized in the Maine Woods Companys mini-mill line. From the kiln boards enter the flooring blank production process of the mill. Lumber is surfaced and ripped to desired widths. MooseWood Flooring manufactures multiple widths 2 3 4 and 5. Strips of lumber are then graded and chopped using com- puter guided technology. After the chopping process flooring blanks are graded sorted and trimmed by skilled workers. The flooring blanks then make it to the other side of the facility for the next part of the production process. Blanks are fed into the flooring machine by an infeed system and an employee. At this point in the manufacturing process flooring strips are milled to the desired thickness and a tongue and groove is also added to the From Forest to Floor MooseWood Millworks Ryan Wishart Operations Manager Seven Islands Land Company continued on page 35 34 Stories From The Maine Woods Mention this ad and receive 1 Off the price of each book Stories From The Maine Woods Mention this ad and receive 1 Off the price of each book EAST MILLINOCKET PARTS 119 Main Street East Millinocket ME 04430 207-746-5204 207-746-3901 207 668-3411 Your outdoor headquarters for hiking camping fishing and hunting supplies in Jackman The Switzerland of Maine NEIMECHANICAL ELECTRICAL 207-435-2171 Office 207.435.2171 Fax 207.435.2374 101 Main St. P.O. 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Additional affiliated companies - Maine Woods Company hardwood sawmill 1999 Portage Wood Products chipping facility 2006 and MooseWood Millworks floor- ing plant 2012 - now provide a fully integrated hardwood manufacturing complex in the Portage Ashland area all accessible by off-highway roads. Collectively the Seven Islands family of companies directly employs 140 people of which 125 work in the Ashland-Portage area. sides of the piece. From there pieces of flooring enter the end-matching line. The end-matcher mills the tongue and groove into each end of the narrow pieces of flooring. At this point flooring is usable but it goes through a rigorous grading process. Rejects are re-milled while other grades are packed into bundles of salable product. Flooring is sold in two types unfinished and prefinished. Flooring that will be sold as prefinished is sent to a finisher off- site that puts on a protective coating and stain if so desired. This amazing process completes the journey from growing a small sapling in the woods to a product that is an essential part of peoples homes. The Pingree familys 175 year stewardship of Maine timber lands coupled with a fully integrated hardwood manufacturing complex provides an outstanding opportunity to manage the Northern Maine hardwood resource thereby providing a multitude of products as well as jobs and environmental benefits. MooseWood Millworks exemplifies the work ethic of Northern Maine and the commitment of utilization in the Pingree family forest. One major component of this work is tracking hen grouse during the breeding season to understand how habitat affects the areas they use for nesting and brood rearing. With ruffed grouse we also want to better estimate harvest rates which is important for informing ruffed grouse harvest management in Maine. During the 2014 hunt- ing season we estimated that approximately 13 of our study populations were har- vested by hunters. If you happen to shoot a banded ruffed grouse please report the bird by calling the toll-free phone number printed on the band. Currently this work is focused on central and mid-coast Maine however we may expand to northern Maine in future years. In addition to the spruce and ruffed grouse research based on radio-telemetry MDIFW and UMaine are collaborating on a ruffed grouse drumming survey extending from the North Maine Woods west of Ashland south to Bowdoinham and as far east as Moose- horn National Wildlife Refuge. The goal of these surveys is to monitor ruffed grouse annual population trends by counting the number of drumming males heard during the breeding season along roadside survey routes. This work is supported by field ef- forts of MDIFW biologists UMaine faculty and students and dedicated volunteers. Re- sults from the first two years of the drumming survey show higher densities of ruffed grouse in the commercial forests of northern Maine as expected but we are also hear- ing a similar number of drumming males in a central Maine wildlife management area where grouse habitat management occurs through careful habitat management. This supports the general principle that ruffed grouse and other wildlife species that rely on of young forests can do well when a portion of the forest is managed for early suc- cessional forest cover. As forest stands outside of Maines commercial forests mature a component of these stands will need active forest management if we want wildlife that depend on young forests such as ruffed grouse and American woodcock to thrive. All three of these projects are intended to build on the historic knowledge of spruce and ruffed grouse in Maine by adding more contemporary updated information to our understanding of grouse biology in the state. This more current information on habi- tat use and factors contributing to grouse survival and harvest will be incorporated into the states grouse management program. Spruce and Ruffed Grouse Research Spruce grouse with radio transmitter photo by Erik Blomberg Lily pad trap used to capture ruffed grouse photo by Kelsey Sullivan MooseWood Millworks continued from page 32 continued from page 33 36 Standing Seam Roofing 456 Houlton Road Fort Fairfield ME 04742 Regular and textured metal 20 colors available Cut to the inch Standard or custom trim and accessories Delivery available Order at Millers Metal Sales Located on Route 1A between Easton and Fort Fairfield BF40_EFI Honda 40HP EFI Multi-port Programmed Fuel Injection Best in Class Fuel Efficiency Lightest Weight in Class 5year Non-Declining Warranty Lean BurnTM means Up to 20 Less Fuel compared to similarly sized 4-stroke at cruising speed Lincoln Motor Co. 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Anglers may prefer that particular water is managed to maximize the chance of catching a trophy fish or they might want the Department to manage the fishery in way that increases the number of fish that can be harvested. Some members of the public might want limits put on hunting so that moose are more visible from roadwayswhileothersaremoreconcernedabouttheriskofvehiclecollisions. All of these perspectives are legitimate and must be considered when making management decisions for fish and wildlife. For the past 25 years the Department has used a formal public participation process to develop management goals and objectives for the states wildlife and fish species. In 2016 the Department is revisiting its management plans for big game moose deer bear and turkey and fisheries. As part of this pro- cess MDIFW contracted with Responsive Management Harrisburg Virginia to conduct a formal scientific survey of the general public anglers hunters and landowners and to host regional public meetings and focus groups. The Department also hosted an Online Forum where the public could submit ideas and comments on the management of big game and fisheries. Steering com- mittees one for big game one for fisheries are providing guidance and advice to MDIFW during the development of the plans. In addition MDIFW has con- vened subcommittees for each of the big game species which are formulating draft goals objectives and management strategies based on the public survey information and the professional expertise contained with the subcommittee. This planning effort will continue throughout 2016 but weve already found some very interesting results from the public survey. In general satisfaction with the Departments fish and wildlife management programs is high and the public is very supportive of using hunting as a tool to manage wildlife. Nonetheless it is clear that some challenges remain. Lack of access to hunting areas is a significant barrier to some hunters in southern and central Maine. In northern Maine we continue to get a clear message from both the general public and hunters that deer populations should be increased. The Depart- mentandtheSteeringCommitteeswillneedtoconsiderandhopefullyaddress these issues as the actual management plans are developed. Some of the survey results have particular relevance for the large land- owners within the North Maine Woods. For example more than 90 of anglers in northern Maine said they have not had any problems accessing waters to fish. Similarly hunters felt that northern and Downeast Maine provide better access for hunting than central and southern Maine. In fact only 5 of hunters said that access to hunting lands in northern Maine was poor. Its clear that by keeping their land open to the public the landowners within the North Maine Woods as well as other large in- dustrial forest landowners in the northern and eastern parts of the state are providing outdoor recreational opportunities that are highly valued by the sporting community. Although weve been aggressively seeking public input during the devel- opment of the new big game and fisheries management plans we hope the public will continue to stay engaged as we shift towards implementing these plans. Were always interested in hearing what the public has to say and hope that you will take the time to share your perspectives with your local MDIFW biologist or game warden. For more information on the planning process please check out the Departments website at www. 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Tire Sales Repair Reliant RepairReliant Repair RICKTHERIAULT YOUR MAINE REAL ESTATE GUIDE RICKLIFESTYLEPROPERTIESME.COM 207-731-9902 R M I L L W O R K S MooseWood From the North Woods of Maine to Your Home MooseWood Millworks LLC Ashland ME Stanleys Auto Center LLCStanleys Auto Center LLC Over 40 Years Family Owned and Operated 45 Visitors to North Maine Woods can improve their own safety by abiding by all the rules of the road yielding right of way to trucks do not expect loaded off-road trucks to move away from the center of the road avoiding stopping on bridges and main roads preferably pulling onto side roads or well out of the road before stopping and above all paying attention and driving prudently. The focus and efforts on safety by all companies that own and manage lands in the North Maine Woods continues on a daily basis. Part of the safety program is a cooperative Industrial Roads Safety Committee which has existed for many years. The committee is an opportunity for representatives of landowning companies and state natural resource agencies to share concerns that need to be ad- dressed for the safety of workers and the public that utilize the North Maine Woods. Althoughoverallsafetytrendsintheforestmanagementandindustrialloggingoperationsaretrendingintherightdirectionwedonot want to become complacent to the risks and challenges of the industry. Everyone has a story about a close call or an unpleasant experi- ence while driving on a woods road in Northern Maine. The more awareness that can be brought forward by employees contractors and the recreational public on any of these issues the better off everyone will be in the long run. The goal is to eliminate close calls. The safety committee initiated discussions to define problems discuss various approaches to correcting the problems and develop solutions. A very important challenge is integrating public recreational use with industrial use. Industrial use extends to large heavy equipment and trucks traveling on the roads as well as occasionally working in the roads. Since most recreational users are not accus- tomed to heavy equipment and large off-road trucks the challenge is one of training both groups. Frequent meetings of the committee over the last few years led to a number of accomplishments. Involvement of representatives of the trucking industry on the committee brought valuable input and insights into possible solutions. A significant accomplishment is a consolidation of Rules of the Road which is supported by all members of the committee. The rules are published in three languages English French and Spanish and are made available to all contractors landowners and trucking companies as well as the recreational public via North Maine Woods. Extensive training in safe driving has been provided to migrant workers and others along with first aid training and communication training. Landowners who are responsible for maintenance of the private road systems began an intensive signage effort including stop signs speed limit signs and warning signs. All signs use international symbols recognizable by anyone from the US or elsewhere. Mile markers have been placed along most major routes and are the basis for radio communications between workers and logging trucks whereby drivers call out location by mile markers to alert others of their location. Dangerous road situations have been improved through aggressive brush control to improve visibility widening sections of roads whereneededreconstructionofdangerouscurvesandintersectionsandevenre-routingroadswherenecessary.Somesideroadshave been named and signed making it easier to get around and give directions. Frequent maintenance of high traffic areas was initiated in an effort to improve safety. So please as you spend time in the North Maine Woods remember that your safety as well as the safety of those around you is im- portant to everyone. If you see something that concerns you or that you question do not hesitate to share it with the personnel at a North Maine Woods Checkpoint. Although they may not have an immediate answer for you they will be more than happy to pass this information on to the proper people. If you need to stop along a road to take pictures enjoy a view or just relax find a safe spot where there is plenty of room and you do not impede the general flow of traffic along the road. PleasenotethatallNMWCheckpointscloseinmid-November. Althoughplowedroadsareopentothepublicduringthewintermonths be aware that snow banks and ice can make roads narrower and more treacherous especially when meeting log trucks and other traf- fic. Main roads and side roads are plowed to accommodate the movement of timber and equipment related to the forest industry. Road Safety REMEMBER... TheprimarygoalofallofthelandownersintheNorthMaineWoodsisthesafety oftheiremployeescontractorsandthegeneralpublic. Pleasegiveallloggingtruckstherightofway. Theroadsinthisareawerebuilttomovewoodproducts. Whenyouseeatruckcomingfromeitherdirectionpleasepullovertoletitpasssafely. photobyLonnieJandreau North MaineWoods PO Box 425 Ashland ME 04732 207-435-6213 Black River LLC 5 CanopyTimberlands LLC 5 Clayton LakeWoodlands Holdings LLC 6 Dunn Heirs 2 DunnTimberlands Inc. 5 Fish River Company 2 Great NorthWoods LLC 7 Griswold Heirs 2 Huber Resources Corp. 4 IrvingWoodlands LLC John CassidyTimberholdings 2 Katahdin Forest Management LLC Lost River Company 2 McCrillisTimberlands LLC 2 Merriweather LLC 3 Pingree Associates Inc. 1 Prentiss Carlisle Co Inc 2 St. JohnTimber LLC 4 Sandy Gray Forest LLC 4 SylvanTimberlands LLC 4 SoliforTimberlands Inc 4 The Nature Conservancy 6 Timbervest LLC St. AurelieTimberlands 6 Timbervest Partners Maine LLC 6 WebberTimberlands 2 Yankee Fork Corp. 2 State of Maine Any comments or questions related to this publication and its contents may be sent to Al Cowperthwaite Executive Director North Maine Woods Inc PO Box 425 92 Main Street Ashland ME 04732 or 1 Lands managed by Seven Islands Land Company 2 Lands managed by Prentiss Carlisle Management Co. 3 Lands managed by Wagner Forest Management Company 4 Lands managed by Huber Resources Corp. 5 Lands managed by Orion Timberlands LLC 6 Lands managed by LandVest Inc. 7 Lands managed by Northwoods Management LLC Landowners and Managers within the 3500000 acres of North Maine Woods This publication is made possible through efforts of editors Sarah Medina of Seven Islands Land Company and Barry Burgason of Huber Resources Corporation. It was designed and produced by Melissa Arndt of Slingshot Multimedia. Front cover photos by Mike Langley and Kyle Haley. Back cover photo by Lonnie Jandreau.