GEORGETOWN- The public is invited to experience new, local hiking trails to take in the season’s brilliant fall foliage! The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) is hosting the opening of a new trail at Morse Pond Preserve in Georgetown on Saturday, October 22nd at 12:30pm. Join us for guided or self-guided walks to the picturesque Morse Pond. This free event is family friendly and includes autumn-themed refreshments.
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A guided walk will be offered at 12:45 pm, led by KELT’s Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward, Charlotte Thompson, who has been working on the trail throughout the summer. Thompson will talk about the trail building process, the significant wetland habitats protected by the preserve, and the locations with ties to township history. The public is also welcome to walk the new trail on a self-guided trek out to the pond over the newly blazed trail. The walk to the pond and back is about 2.5 miles.
The Morse Pond Preserve opened to the public in the fall of 2015 with the 2-mile Carousel Trail. The new trail branches off the existing Carousel Loop and heads deeper into the 280-acres through pine oak forests and a huckleberry dominated ridgeline to the isolated and scenic Morse Pond, ringed with freshwater wetlands. The preserve protects significant wetland habitats, with great birding and wildlife sighting opportunities throughout the rolling landscape.
Morse Pond Preserve is just north of Reid State Park, and connects with other conserved properties to form a block of nearly 1,800 acres of permanently conserved natural lands. The preserve itself consists of numerous sensitive habitats and because of this, dogs are not allowed on the preserve.
A light-rain or shine event, please RSVP to Charlotte Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-442-8400. To get to Morse Pond Preserve: from Route 1, take Route 127 (Five Islands Rd.) south for 10 miles. Turn right on Seguinland Road and drive 1.1 miles to the preserve. The entrance to the small gravel parking lot will be on the right. The Reid State Park entrance gate is quarter mile south of the preserve’s trailhead.
The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains nine preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 2,668+ acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.
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