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Public Invited to Walk New Hayfields Project with Georges River Land Trust

Georges River Land Trust is asking for your help in raising funds to protect these wetlands in South Thomaston.
Georges River Land Trust is asking for your help in raising funds to protect these wetlands in South Thomaston.
Posted Aug. 19, 2013, at 10:52 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:47 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location: South Thomaston, Maine

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

The Georges River Land Trust invites the public to visit the newest addition to the Riverview Hayfields Preserve in South Thomaston on Wednesday, September 4 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.

The Land Trust is announcing their intended purchase of 200 acres from the Anderson family who has owned the farm since 1910. This land has been farmed for dairy and produce for generations, and was the site where the first town hall meeting took place for the town of Rockland.

“It’s the gateway to the St. George peninsula,” said Annette Naegel, Conservation Program Manager for Georges River Land Trust. “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 property reaches from Route 131 east to the Weskeag Marsh, and will conserve 25 acres of wetlands deemed important by the State of Maine. The site provides buffering habitat to the Weskeag Marsh wetlands, critical feeding and resting grounds for migratory birds, and a flyway to the St. George River feeding grounds at low tide.

The Land Trust has been selected to receive a large grant for the project from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program. This State and Federal partnership program directs mitigation funds from development projects that impact wetlands to worthy projects where wetlands can be protected and restored.

“With this grant award, 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. “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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