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The Nature Conservancy recently paddled the Baskahegan Stream to see the work first hand East Grand students along with outdoor instructor Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild have done with constructing low impact campsites. TNC is exploring potential stream based recreational day trip opportunities with the Butler initiative in the tributaries of the East Branch of the Penobscot River.

 

 

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Fall Overnight Trip with East Grand School Outdoor Program on the Baskahegan Stream. Students mountain biked to the stream, paddled, poled and utilized a new campsite which some of them help build over the summer. Students cooked over an open fire, tented out, and some tried their hand at moose calling.  Students learned to leave the campsite better then they found it. Guided canoe trips are offered on Maine’s best rivers including the Allagash and St. Croix Rivers for families, school and youth groups by Dave Conley and Canoe the Wild

Four new campsites have been completed along 33 miles of stream between the White Farm Road in Kossuth to Bancroft. Ten East Grand students and three adults volunteered their time to build these new campsites. This is the third season of work being done on the waterway. During the fall of 2011, boat loads of trash were removed from eight Baskahegan Lake campsites. During the summer of 2012, eight lake campsites were upgraded with new picnic tables, signs, outboxes and improved fire pits. Summer long maintenance was done on these sites and at the landing in Brookton. This summer (2013) four new campsites where completed on the Baskahegan Stream. These campsites are on private property owned by the Baskahegan Company of Brookton, open to the public providing fire permits are obtained prior to building camp fires and users leave the campsite cleaner then they found them. Local East Grand students have gained an appreciation for the waters and lands in their ‘back yard’ and learned the importance of taking proper care of these campsites as they have take ownership in this project. These new campsites and maintenance were made possible by  grants from First Wind and funding allocated through the Washington County Unorganized Territories Grant Fund for economic development which was set up by the Washington County Government, First Wind and the State of Maine. For more information about these campsites, contact project coordinator Dave Conley of www.canoethewild.com at 207-551-8729, email dave@canoethewild.com