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In Search of the American Chestnut Tree with Georges River Land Trust

Posted Sept. 05, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:51 p.m.
Hiking on the Frye Mountain trail
Hiking on the Frye Mountain trail

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location: Frye Mountain Trail, Montville, Maine

For more information: Georges River Land Trust; 207-594-5166; georgesriver.org

Join Georges River Land Trust on Saturday, September 21, at 10 AM for a hike on Frye Mountain in Montville to find American Chestnut trees. Eric Evans, vice-president of the American Chestnut Foundation, will explain the decline of the species and efforts underway to restore them to their former range. This will be a moderately short hike over uneven terrain to explore a stand of chestnut trees along the Frye Mountain section of the Georges Highland Path, built and maintained by the Land Trust. Please bring a lunch/snack and water and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Registration is required; please call (207) 594-5166 to register and receive directions for the meeting location.

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The Frye Mountain section of the Georges Highland Path is located in Montville, ME, within the 5,240-acre state-owned Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area, managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to support high-quality wildlife habitat and to provide recreational opportunities such as hunting and trapping during legal seasons. This “lollipop” trail passes through mixed and coniferous forests, parallels a scenic stretch of Bartlett Stream, the northern-most feeder stream of the Georges River, and crosses Frye’s summit at 1,122 feet. The Path is a 40-mile system of “conservation trails” that gives hikers a unique look at the St. George River watershed. The goal of the Path is to help people forge a close relationship with the land and to develop an active interest in protecting this wonderful region.

This event is part of Georges River Land Trust’s Walks & Talks series designed to introduce the community to the resources available to them in the Georges River watershed. For information about other events, visit www.georgesriver.org/events.

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