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I recently took some maps from my family’s basement and put them up on the wall of my bedroom. One of these maps is of undeveloped forest blocks in the Montville and Liberty area. These are sections of land between roads that are primarily wilderness. The one I myself live in is 706 acres, but many are much larger.

One block has sections in Liberty, Palermo and Montville and covers over 8,000 acres. A while ago I climbed Hogback Mountain and from the summit I was struck by just how much of the land I saw was wilderness. This is the case for the majority of Maine; in fact, about 89% of Maine is forest, the highest amount for any state.

Humans typically stay in the civilization we have created for ourselves. Hundreds of  people daily venture to the massive shopping centers of Augusta, and yet the forests that lie up the slope from the parking lots are visited by few. We go to the same places to work or shop on a daily basis, but never venture into the wilderness that surrounds us. To  live in a place like Maine and never wonder what lies beyond our roads and buildings is almost impossible. To go forth into these undeveloped blocks of forest is to see what most of the land here really looks like.

Notices

The Montville Select Board is looking to Hire a new Transfer Station attendant for every third Saturday. Go to the Montville website to find more information.

The Liberty Library will host two book discussions in the near future. On Nov. 10, they will host “Here First: Samoset and the Wawenock of Pemaquid, Maine,” by Jody Bachelder. The book tells the story of Samoset, a native man from Pemaquid who spoke English prior to the arrival of the Mayflower in Plymouth. The second book discussion will be held on Nov. 16 about the Brooklyn bridge. The discussion will actually cover two books, “The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge” by David McCullough and “The Engineer’s Wife,” a historical fiction work by Tracy Enerson Wood. Participants can read either or both.