BANGOR, Maine — There are six distinct natural features — white pine, aspen-birch and riparian forests, a cattail and a shrub marsh and a vernal pool — within the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve off Kittredge Road, and now there are maps so hikers can find them.
“There are stations out there for each of the ecological communities,” Lucy Quimby, president of the Bangor Land Trust, said Thursday, the day the maps were unveiled.
The guide describes the preserve’s natural communities and other ecological features in order to enhance the experience of visitors, she said.
“It’s the perfect place for an outdoor classroom,” Quimby said.
“This preserve, with its guided nature trail, helps keep the Maine experience close to home and accessible for everyone,” she said Thursday in a statement. “People love to hike, bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe and bird-watch on this preserve.”
The Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve is part of the Caribou Bog-Penjajawoc Lands, a conservation and recreation corridor extending northward from Penjajawoc Marsh to beyond Pushaw Lake. The trail begins to the left of where the pavement ends on Kittredge Road.
“Having trails like this one available to the public adds another layer to the great variety of backyard tourism available to residents of the Bangor region,” Kerrie Tripp, executive director of the Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau, said in a press release. “Bangor Land Trust’s work adds yet another element to Bangor’s qual-ity of place, along with our riverfront, vibrant arts community, engaging musical offerings and great restaurants.”
The Bangor Land Trust incorporated in 2001 so landowners, conservationists, businesspeople and other community members could work together to implement a conservation vision for the Bangor region.
“Most of the trail was there when we purchased the property and last fall we had the Maine Conservation Corps come in” and build walking bridges to cross wet or muddy areas, Quimby said.
Funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program helped fund the purchase of Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve and the bog bridging and other trail work.
Bucky Owen, member of the Caribou Bog-Penjajawoc Lands Committee, used the map’s unveiling to urge voters to support a Land for Maine’s Future bond on the ballot in November.
“It is crucial that voters support the LMF Bond proposal next month to continue these important projects,” he said in the press release.
Those who want a tour of the trails can head to the site at 1 p.m. Sunday, when Bill Glanz, a University of Maine professor of zoology and wildlife, will lead a public walk.
The new maps are available at the Bangor Land Trust office, the Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau and area businesses, and will be placed along the trail itself. Folks can view the walking trail system and find out more information on the local land trust’s website, bangorlandtrust.org.