AUGUSTA – The Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) recently welcomed Ruth Ann Keister of Old Town, ME to serve as an environmental educator and AmeriCorps volunteer in the Maine Bureau of Parks & Landâ€™s Bigelow Preserve Public Reserved Land. The MCC places AmeriCorps volunteers throughout Maine to complete conservation and environmental education projects. Keister is the daughter of John and Ruth Keister of Norridgewock, ME. She is a 2000 graduate of Skowhegan Area High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono where she studied Landscape Horticulture.
In the Bigelow region, Keister will be maintaining the camp sites at and around Flagstaff Lake. She will also be expanding a few approved campsites at Chain of Ponds and establishing another campsite area at the Narrows. Keister will also be working hard to improve access to the campsites by pruning along the access roads and undertaking some selective pruning around campsites and their connecting paths. During her term of service, she has already seen three plodding moose, a dainty deer, a tufted titmouse, a pair of loony loons, a downy woodpecker, a pair of chattering squirrels, a hum hum hummingbird, and several other lumbering animals called hikers and campers, just to name a few friendly visitors at and around the campsites. To learn more about the Bigelow Preserve Public Reserved Land, please visit http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/search_name.pl?state_park=&historic_site=&public_reserved_land=42&shared_use_trails=&option=search. More information about the Maine Conservation Corps can be found at http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/mcc.
Contact Name: Sarah Gaffney, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Telephone Number: 207-624-6092