CAMDEN — The fifth year of the Coastal Mountains Nature Program begins with a walk at Sagamore Farm in Camden 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28. Arborist Doug Johnson will show how to identify trees in early spring, and Board member Roger Rittmaster will discuss the importance of vernal pools to the ecology of our forests.
Sagamore Farm is an approximately 75-acre parcel of land that abuts Camden Hills State Park along the Park’s Mount Battie Auto Road. While the property is primarily characterized by a mixed woodland, sloping gently up to the base of Mount Battie, vernal pools occupy the southeastern end of the Farm where spotted salamanders and several species of frogs breed.
Parking for Sagamore Farm is available at the Lodge at Camden Hills, which is located on the west side of Route 1 (left side heading north), one mile north of the intersection of Route 1 and Route 52 (Mountain Street) in Camden. While the designated parking lot only holds about four cars, Jim Burgess, owner of the Lodge, is permitting us to park along the roads on his property. Just be sure to park on one side of the road so cars can get by.
Please leave your dogs at home for this and all Coastal Mountains Nature Program walks.
The Coastal Mountains Nature Program is co-hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Town of Camden Conservation Commission. This program hosts walks and talks exploring the natural history of Mid-Coast Maine to educate the public about environment issues and increase opportunities for residents to explore the outdoors.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected over 10,000 acres to date, offering 45 miles of trails for public access.