A group of individuals all headed to the Air Force in various capacities volunteered their time to help Viles Arboretum with pre-winter cleanup. The group helped with power spraying equipment, checking the snow blower and snow machine to gathering up Community Garden tools and various brush piles from the ongoing collection restoration, three days of work was accomplished in less than one day.

Daniel Sherril, Technical Sergeant, USAF Enlisted Accessions Recruiter was the individual who made it all happen. Mark P. DesMeules, executive director of the Viles Arboretum said in a news release from the Arboretum, “It was a great pleasure working with Daniel and in meeting those enlisted men and women who participated in the cleanup effort. I was impressed with the quality of these candidates who came mostly from the Mid-Maine area. Their help has made a big difference in our preparation for winter.”

For more information, visit www.vilesarboretum.org or call 626-7989.

The Viles Arboretum is centrally located in Augusta, Maine on 224 acres of fields, forests, wetlands and with botanical collections from around the world. We offer an ever-changing selection of inspirational exhibits, educational and practical programs for the general public and for schools. We focus on interactive, creative and hands-on teaching with a focus on botany and natural history. Its goal is to unlock everyone’s natural ability to understand the nature of our world through your own eyes and by using your own intellect.

We strive to make our 224 acres of fields, forests and wetlands, play a key role in contributing to the quality of life for Maine citizens and visitors from every corner of the world. Our newly installed Art Trail presents the largest publically accessible display of outdoor art sculpture in Maine.

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