Grand Lake Stream

Town News

Dave McCullough

The Grand Lake Snowmobile Club House Cafe will be opening for business the first weekend in November and every week-end through March.  New hours are 10-3 Saturday and Sunday.  We will have new menu items and brunch selections. The snowmobile club has been a warm and caring gathering place for the past few years.  Now we can enjoy this during November through March.  Thanks Andrea and all the folks that make this happen!

With Election Day just around the corner on November 5th be sure and plan to vote between the hours of 10 and 4. The Grand Lake Stream Historical Society will be holding their annual Election Day bake sale and hot dog luncheon at the school house.  Always a great event and fun to meet your friends and neighbors!

Here is the follow up of some of the activities sponsored by the Downeast Lakes Land Trust.  Thanks Tanya sending in the following info!

Woodland High School Students Learn Navigation and Science Skills:

As part of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s expanding school education program, twelve ecology students from Woodland High School braved a soggy and cool day for three outdoor lessons in Grand Lake Stream.  They learned map and compass skills and basic techniques to evaluate the health of forests and streams.

The students walked into the forest along Middle Walk and learned some forest health monitoring techniques, including looking at tree size, prevalence of disease, biodiversity and regeneration. In the river, students identified stoneflies, mayflies, caddis flies and water pennies. “It’s a good stream, because we found a lot of animals that are sensitive to pollution, but diversity wasn’t quite as high as we expected,” reported a student.

“I think it’s great that the kids are seeing research like this generates as many questions as it does answers,” said Rucosky, “There is this idea out there that ‘Science’ has all the answers. Putting kids in on the ground level of scientific inquiry gives them a much better understanding of the complexities associated with dynamic systems.”

Up Coming Programs of the Land Trust: 

Tour of Forestry Work in the Farm Cove Community Forest, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 10:00 AM, Downeast Lakes Land Trust Office, 4 Water St, Grand Lake Stream.

Join forester Kyle Burdick for a tour  and discussion of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s (DLLT) timber management practices in the Farm Cove Community Forest. Kyle will explain how the DLLT has integrated its dual priorities of wildlife habitat management and contributing to a sustainable forest products economy. The tour will highlight DLLT’s management planning and oversight process, including the roles of the Forestry Committee and Board of Directors in representing the community. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for rough terrain in the woods, and please keep in mind that it is hunting season: wear at least one piece of blaze orange!

An exciting event Sponsored by the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and the Grand Lake Stream Historical Society: Author Andrew Barton Discusses His Book,  The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods, Monday, November 11, 2013 - 6:30 PM, Grand Lake Stream Historical Society, Millford Rd, Grand Lake Stream.

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) and the Grand Lake Stream Historical Society are pleased to host Andrew M. Barton discussing his latest book, The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods.

While having read the book is not required, having done so certainly prepares participants to take part in a more lively discussion.

Grand Lake Stream Hatchery Tour and Salmon Milking –DATE TO BE CONFIRMED, Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 9:00 AM, Hatchery Ln, Grand Lake Stream.

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to invite the community to the Grand Lake Stream Hatchery for a tour and an opportunity to milk salmon.

The Grand Lake Stream Hatchery got its start in 1868, when native landlocked salmon eggs were collected and matured in a spring in the woods. The hatchery developed over time into a modern structure on the bank of the stream and supplies landlocked salmon to the West Grand Lake catchment and far beyond.  Some 70,000 to 80,000 salmon are propagated at the Grand Lake Stream Hatchery annually. That is over 90% of total estimated salmon raised and stocked each year in Maine.

This date is tentative and is dependent on the physical condition of the fish.

Have a great week.  Your humble correspondent,  Dave McCullough   207-839-4205 or