Bicycles or Skateboards, and Running
The boardwalk is only 4 feet wide. It is used for
leisurely walking, and by persons in wheel chairs. Bikes, and skate boards, and
running are incompatible and a danger to walkers and wheelchair users on so
narrow a walkway. We have provided a bike rack where bikers may leave their
bikes prior to using the boardwalk.
Shouting and Radios
The boardwalk is for the enjoyment of nature under quiet
conditions. Shouting and radios are incompatible with such
Dogs or Other Pets
Numerous boardwalk users come to watch birds and other
wildlife. Many dogs and other pets chase and kill wildlife. Some boardwalk users
are very afraid of dogs. An approaching dog on a 4 feet wide walkway, even on
leash, is terrifying to such persons. The toilet habits of dogs are difficult to
control. Boardwalk users are not permitted to get off the boardwalk for any
reason (see below). Dog excrement alters the natural condition of the nutrient
poor wetland. Service animals permitted.
Stepping Off the Boardwalk
The plants and the upper peat are easily damaged by
trampling. Some damage was done by construction workers to the plants and upper
peat at occasional places adjacent to the boardwalk. We wish to allow these
plants and the peat to recover. Please do not set back this recovery by stepping
off the boardwalk. Most of the areas adjacent to the boardwalk are in pristine
condition. Please help to maintain this condition by staying on the boardwalk.
Collecting of Plants, Branches, and
The area traversed by the boardwalk is managed as a
nature reserve. There are many beautiful plants. Please leave these plants,
small or large, for others to see. Collecting, snipping of branches, and picking
of flowers are strictly prohibited.
Smoking on the boardwalk is prohibited. The boardwalk was
a tremendous effort to build. Letís not burn it. The dry wood of the boardwalk,
and the heath plants of the bog around it are extremely inflammable. Although
Orono Bog is a wetland, the plants and upper peat may become very dry in summer.
Peat fires are extremely difficult to put out, and fighting of peat fires could
do major damage to the bog.
Boardwalk users expect to see a pristine environment.
Please carry out all papers and other trash. A trash container is available at
the beginning of the boardwalk.
A walk along the entire boardwalk covers 1 mile. There
are no toilet facilities along the way. Human urine and excrement will kill
bog plants. A leisurely walk over the full distance, together with time
spent observing and/or photographing the many interesting features of the bog
can take over two hours. Please take care of your toilet needs before starting
out on the boardwalk.