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Ronald B. Davis

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This is the preliminary version of Ronald B. Davis' memoir and historical account of the creation of the Orono Bog Boardwalk.

A revised, final edition was published by the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station (MAFES) with a slightly different title, Creating the Orono Bog Boardwalk: A Facility for Education, Research, and Recreation, Miscellaneous Publication no. 765, Spring, 2022. That publication is also available in DigitalCommons@UMaine at:

In this account, the author describes how he was inspired to build the Orono Bog Boardwalk, the early planning and complex three-year building process, and the boardwalk’s first two years of operation. The most challenging part of the endeavor occurred before actual construction and installation. Much preparation had to be done, including but not limited to (1) marshaling community support, (2) engineering and drawing plans, (3) fundraising and soliciting free building materials and professional services, (4) writing applications for permits from local, state, and federal authorities, (5) choosing and surveying a boardwalk route, (6) engaging groups and individual volunteers to build it, (7) drafting and negotiating an agreement between the three organizations that I chose to have formal responsibility for constructing and governing it, and (8) setting up an endowment whose earnings would be available for ongoing maintenance and operation.


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