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Walk slated at Riverview Hayfields Preserve in South Thomaston

Posted Sept. 11, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.
Georges River Land Trust is asking for your help in raising funds to protect this scenic and historic landscape. Photo Courtesy of Georges River Land Trust.
Georges River Land Trust is asking for your help in raising funds to protect this scenic and historic landscape. Photo Courtesy of Georges River Land Trust.

ROCKLAND, Maine – The Georges River Land Trust is hosting the second walk at the newest addition to the Riverview Hayfields Preserve in South Thomaston on Wednesday, September 25th at 10 am, rain or shine. This walk is limited to 30 people. Please call the Land Trust at 594-5166 to reserve your spot and receive parking instructions.

This 200-acre farm is an exciting addition to the Land Trust’s “Bridging Two Rivers” project because the land provides an important link between the Georges River and the Weskeag Marsh. The Trust has already conserved 286 acres along this stretch of Route 131, which complements the 600 acres managed as the W. Tyler Wildlife Management Area on Buttermilk Lane. Additionally the land was once part of an active farm owned by the Anderson family, who settled in this community in 1892 from Finland. The Andersons joined a local but strong Finnish Community which is present today.   The family in fact sold off land to create the Finnish Heritage House and Church on Route 131, just south of the Anderson house.

“We are pleased to protect this expansive landscape that has both natural resource values as well as historic significance in our community,” said Annette Naegel, Conservation Program Manager for Georges River Land Trust, in a statement. “Conservation of these vast hayfields protects an historic farm, important wildlife habitat, beautiful views, and will provide a new preserve with public access in the region.”

The Land Trust has received several grants to aid in the purchase of this property from state funds and private foundations. However the Trust has a small gap to complete the funding for this acquisition.  “With these grant awards, we have raised 80% of the funds necessary to protect this 200 acre farm as a preserve for the public’s benefit,” said Gail Presley, Georges River Land Trust Executive Director, in a statement. “Now we are looking to the communities of South Thomaston and St. George to help us close the deal.”

Georges River Land Trust is committed to encouraging citizens to discover the river and care for the land throughout the 14 communities in the St. George River watershed. For further information on the Georges River Land Trust, its programs and upcoming events visit www.georgesriver.org or contact them at info@grlt.org or (207) 594-5166.

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