Midcoast Conservancy has begun the process of installing new roadside signs to improve visibility of its public-access preserves. Trout Brook preserve in Alna, Stetser preserve in Jefferson, and Griggs preserve in Newcastle are the first three to receive new signage as well as new brochures in their kiosks; another 33 signs will go up along the roadside of other Midcoast Conservancy preserves. Damariscotta–based graphic designer Karen Goetting created both the signs and the brochures.
Midcoast Conservancy was formed on January 1, 2016, bringing together 65 miles of trail and over 6500 acres of conserved land including 32 preserves which are open to the public for a range of active uses, including: hiking, snow-shoeing, cross country skiing, trail-running, mountain biking, canoeing, hunting, and fishing. The new signs and brochures will make it easier to find and enjoy preserves. They are part of a bigger project to create new brochures for all eleven preserves that currently have trails and create clear, consistent signage at all Midcoast Conservancy properties, including roadside signs and kiosks.
Each new brochure has an updated trail map, and offers some history of the preserve, things visitors might see there, and what to know while visiting. The eye-catching roadside signs showcase the name of the preserve, symbols informing people of the best activities to do there, and welcome people to explore Midcoast Conservancy’s preserves.
“We are excited about this opportunity to make it easier for Midcoast Maine residents and visitors to find and enjoy Midcoast Conservancy’s beautiful public access preserves.” says Director of Land Conservation Anna Fiedler.
Volunteers are needed to help put up the new roadside signs at each preserve. Please contact Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in this opportunity to get to know Midcoast Conservancy preserves. For more information on the preserves, go to http://www.midcoastconservancy.org/explore/land-water-trails/.
The project is funded by a generous grant from the Midcoast Public Health Council through a partnership with Maine CDC. This project was also made possible through the service of Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward Jess Richards, who led the project to develop clear signage and brochures with clear trail maps.