Outreach & Service - Service Project at Leonard’s Mills
Leonard’s Mills, located in Bradley, Maine, represents the successful efforts of a community in the 1790s that could work together, and it also reflects the successful efforts of today’s community to learn more about our heritage. The living museum now plays a useful role in helping the School of Forest Resources build a sense of community for its undergraduate students. Last September, the current students joined the efforts of the incoming freshmen class as they cleared away brush and debris from the grounds of Leonard’s Mill and surrounding trails.
Forty-two students and five faculty worked the afternoon to help prepare the grounds for a busy autumn. The hard work also helped everyone become acquainted with new faces, and the day was the first of many more common experiences for new and returning students. The prediction of heavy rains was fortunately a bit premature, and the work could be completed without the need for rain suits or wet jackets. The group returned to Nutting Hall for a demonstration by the UMaine Woodsmen’s Team, followed by some Pat’s pizza provided by the Maine Division of the Society of American Foresters. The success of the day will likely lead to an annual event for the School as part of celebrating the start of a new academic year and the welcoming of new students.