Trail Clean Up at Salmon Falls Reserve, Sunday, April 28: The scenic loop trail on Prospect Hill Road in Lebanon at the Salmon Falls Reserve could use some spring TLC. We are looking for volunteers to help us clear some debris from the trail, pick up a little trash, and possibly help redo some signage, among other light “housekeeping” tasks. If you are interested in volunteering, please join us on Sunday, April 28, promptly at 1 PM. Please bring some work gloves, and hand tools such as loppers, pruners, or hedge shears if you have them. We will also have some tools on hand to share. If you’d just like to walk the trail and learn a little more about this property, we welcome you to do that, too! We will be there until 3 PM. The Salmon Falls Reserve is right next to the Prospect Hill Road Cemetery and parking is available along that side of the road.
Three Rivers Annual Meeting, “Journey back to Maine”, Wednesday, May 8: Members and friends are invited to join the trust at our office in Alfred (235 Swetts Bridge Road, corner of Kennebunk Road) on Wednesday, May 8th at 5:30 PM for a brief business meeting followed by a presentation at about 6 PM by our new executive director, Cheri Brunault, on her journey back to Maine via the Appalachian Trail. All are welcome!.
Five years ago, Three Rivers Land Trust’s new executive director, Cheri Brunault, got to Maine by walking. She hopped a train to Georgia and then hiked back on foot, covering all 2,185.9 miles of the Appalachian Trail, concluding with a climb of Mt. Katahdin. In her talk at this year’s annual meeting, Cheri will share photos, stories, and lessons learned from the long walk home.
“Maine Bird Atlas” Training, Sunday, May 12: We’re hosting a York County Audubon “Maine Bird Atlas” training at our office in Alfred (235 Swetts Bridge Road) on Sunday, May 12, from 9 AM to 1 PM. In 2018, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) launched the “Maine Bird Atlas” – a new 5 year statewide project to document the birds that call Maine home.
Maine native Doug Hitchcox will lead this in-depth training, which will focus on how to document birds during the upcoming breeding season. It will involve an overview of the project including background and objectives, explain various ways to participate, and take hands-on look at how to use eBird (the database for collecting Maine Bird Atlas sightings).
Attendees will spend time indoors reviewing materials and procedures, then finish with a short walk outside to practice atlasing. We suggest dressing in layers as the temperature will vary throughout the day. Boots or waterproof footwear is recommended while we are outside. Snacks and drinks will be provided but please bring any additional food items you’ll want.
If your haven’t had a chance to send in your membership renewal, please do so today! We are also asking you to help us add the new Goat Hill trail to the “can do” list for all our community members! Click here to learn more about why a trail that meets the American with Disabilities Act standards is important to people right here in our towns.
About Us: Three Rivers Land Trust was founded in 2000 by a small group of citizens concerned about the sale of thousands of acres in the area that were subsequently developed into house lots. Acres and acres of prime farmland and working forests were lost to our communities forever. In order to prevent something like this from happening again, the land trust was begun, and since then Three Rivers has conserved around 2,210 acres of public and private land, and now owns an additional 469 acres. Learn more about us here. We hold our board meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, 6 PM, at our office in Alfred on the corner of Kennebunk and Swetts Bridge Road. Members are welcome to attend.
Click here for more info on our “Goat Hill to Shapleigh Pond” conservation project. This rare opportunity to conserve 2,000 acres in Southern Maine began with the Romac Orchard and Goat Hill parcel. We’re now fundraising for Hansen Pond, a spectacular 275 acre parcel in Acton, that borders Shapleigh, and will protect over 100 acres of wetlands and Ossipee River frontage. Standing upon the shores of Shapleigh Pond, it is hard to believe that you are in Southern Maine. Please join our e-news list or like us on Facebook to receive invitations to walk the property and paddle the pond this summer.
Construction of the new trail to the top of Goat Hill is well underway. You will find a new 10-spot parking area about .25 miles north of the entrance to the Romac Orchard on H Road. Three Rivers is currently fundraising to complete the ADA compliant trail – more excavation work and plenty of stone dust are needed to complete the gently winding trail to the top. Everyone in our community should be able to enjoy the breathtaking views from the top!
To make a donation for Hansen Pond or the Goat Hill trail, please contact Ruth Gutman at “email@example.com” or by phone at (207) 370-4191.
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