MANCHESTER — The Manchester Conservation Commission recently installed 62 cedar bog bridges on Kennebec Land Trust’s Gannett Woods hiking trail adjacent to Shedd Pond.

The project, a cooperative effort of the Manchester Conservation Commission and the Kennebec Land Trust, will improve the current trail network, control erosion into Shedd Pond and protect water quality, according to a news release from the land trust.

The project was funded by an $18,000 Maine Department of Conservation Bureau of Public Lands Recreational Trails Program Grant and a $5,000 Davis Conservation Foundation Grant.

The Maine Conservation Corps trail crew constructed the bridges with assistance from volunteers, including the Manchester Boy Scouts and land trust members, and with support from Lakeside Orchards.

Manchester Conservation Commission member Annie Reiter, working with land trust volunteers, staff and stewards, wrote the grant applications, planned the project, and coordinated the materials and labor.

Phase two of the project, planned for completion this year, will include reconstructing and hardening the trail on the east side of Shedd Pond for non-motorized access, including mountain bikes and horseback riding, as well as improving the snowmobile trail.

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