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Maine Forest Service and Army National Guard to Move the Norway Fire Tower to the Ashland Logging Museum, Ashland;
(June 11, 2012)
WHAT: Maine Forest Service and Army National Guard to Move the Norway Fire Tower to the Ashland Logging Museum, Ashland;
WHERE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, June 13; the crew should be out of the woods by 3 p.m.;
WHEN: Ashland Logging Museum, Garfield Road, Ashland, Maine.
Earlier this May, a Maine Forest Service of eight Forest Rangers removed the 24-foot-tall Norway Fire Tower that sat on Norway Bluff, Township 9, Range 9 WELS. The crew also used a MFS Huey helicopter based out of Old Town to remove the fire tower, which consists of a metal tower and wooden cab.
On Wednesday, MFS Forest Rangers, led by Forest Ranger Amanda Barker, and an Army National Guard detail will remove the tower, now in two pieces. Using Guard trucks, the crew will take the tower to the Ashland Logging Museum for installation.
The Norway Fire Tower was in place on the bluff since 1914. The Maine Forest Service, Protection Division, no longer uses fire towers for forest fire observation, but instead uses air patrol flights. The site will be used for the installation of a new state radio tower.
For more information about the MFS Forest Rangers, go to: http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/ffchome.htm
For more information about the Maine Forest Service, go to: http://www.maineforestservice.com