Category: On the trails

Featured trails, videos, and other trails-related news.

For the second year running, Coastal Rivers staff and volunteers are working with groups of students at both Great Salt Bay Community School (GSB) and Nobleboro Central School (NCS) to improve and expand the school trail systems.

Once a week, Coastal River educators meet with students in Nobleboro’s Center for Alternative Learning program to spend time outside learning and working on the school trail. They are often joined by stewardship staff for bigger projects, such as building bog bridges, spreading mulch on the trail, or removing downed trees. (…)

Coastal Rivers and the Damariscotta Historical Society (DHS) worked together in May to improve access to the House-Day cemetery, a small family plot located in the woods off of Lessner Road near the Damariscotta-Bristol town line. (…)

The future of the trail at Glidden Point Preserve, formerly the Salt Bay Heritage Trail, is uncertain, thanks to increasingly high tides and storm surge. (…)

“Do we get to use power tools today?”

This is a typical greeting from 8th graders at Great Salt Bay (GSB) School when Education Assistant Angela DesVeaux arrives on Wednesday mornings.

The students are those who have chosen to spend their study hall maintaining and improving the network of trails behind the school. Since November, for one hour every Wednesday morning, they troop outdoors with Coastal Rivers staff and volunteers to work on the project of the day.

In October, five Coastal Rivers staff attended Maine’s first accessibility workshop for land trusts, hosted by the Maine Land Trust Network and the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center. Speakers included Enock Glidden, a motivational speaker and outdoor accessibility advocate, Keenan Weischedel, an athlete and advocate with Disability Rights Maine, and Peter Doehring, a researcher and consultant on developing programs for people with autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities, who also serves on the Alliance’s Advisory Committee for Inclusive Health and Disability. (…)

At Keyes Woods Preserve, Bristol A warm sun was shining and a smattering of acorns dropped from nearby trees as Coastal Rivers trustees and staff, along with an intimate group of local and town officials and lead donors and volunteers, celebrated the land trust’s newest trail with a ribbon cutting. In the new parking area at Keyes Woods Preserve in Bristol, Coastal Rivers Executive Director Steven Hufnagel expressed his thanks to those who made the project possible. Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) acquired the 70-acre property in 2018, with assistance from Damariscotta River Association (DRA) – just months before the two …

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Work rescheduled for January 2023 2/15/22 Update: The Bureau of Parks and Lands has let us know that as the right conditions did not come together this season, the timber harvest planned for this winter has been postponed until January 2023. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is working with an independent logger to complete the selective timber harvest that was begun at Dodge Point in 2019. According to Project Manager Stephen Richardson, finishing off the harvest is particularly important due to the status of the timber stand in question. The stand includes white pine that is in very …

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Visitors to Salt Bay Preserve in Newcastle will notice a couple changes: the removal of the aluminum bridge, and closure of the southeastern segment of the trail that passed over private property.

Wooden bridges have a limited lifespan, especially when they are in reach of high tides and storm surge. The old creek crossing at the bottom of the Fox Run trail at Salt Bay Farm, much loved by summer campers and school groups as a good spot to search for critters in the creek, had served its purpose for a number of years. However, the wood was beginning to rot and had a tendency to be displaced by high water.

It’s not often we get to share the news about a new trail! This summer, after extensive preparation, Trail Tamers volunteers and Coastal Rivers staff began cutting a trail at Keyes Woods Preserve in Bristol.