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Orono Bog Boardwalk Volunteers Prepare for Opening, Announce Friends Effort

(Orono, Maine) – Hundreds of people unknowingly pass a hidden treasure each and every day.  Adjacent to the much traveled I-95 corridor through Orono, hidden from the view of motorists, lies a preserved peat bog traversed by a boardwalk lovingly attended by dozens of volunteers.  Workers are getting ready for some 30,000 seasonal visitors as the Orono Bog Boardwalk prepares to open May 1, 2011 for its 9th season.

Boardwalk volunteers are also announcing the new and exciting formation of Friends of Orono Bog Boardwalk.  The Friends of Orono Bog Boardwalk will help promote the wise use of the boardwalk and assist with its financial future and operation, as needed.  They will also help develop and operate additional programs and events to increase public awareness and on-going support.

At the Orono Bog Boardwalk, a one mile boardwalk loop trail begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet crosses the town line into the University of Maine owned part of the bog in Orono.  Along the way, it passes through changing vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog.  Visitors come to the Boardwalk for many reasons:  family outings, physical fitness, nature viewing and photography, and solitude, to name a few.

The Orono Bog Boardwalk has become a premier destination in the Bangor/Orono area for persons wishing to experience the beauty and fascinating plants and animals of a Maine bog. Last year, the Boardwalk was host to some 30,000 visitors, including more than 1000 school children that received guided educational tours.  The Orono bog was designated a registered national landmark in 1974, and is one of only a few peat bogs accessible by boardwalk in the state.

The Orono Bog Boardwalk is a place of tranquility, unique plant life, and is home to over a hundred different bird species.  No matter your reasons for visiting, time at the Orono Bog Boardwalk is definitely time well spent.  The Bog Boardwalk is slated to open Sunday, May 1, 2011.  Please join us!