RRCT Outdoors: Many Tuesdays at 10 am (Fall, Winter); 5:30 pm (Spring, Summer).
Scroll far below for program description. Always bring water. Always expect ticks. Always expect magical experiences. Always respect abutters. Always invite interested parties.
- Tuesday November 26, 2019, 10am: Black Gum Swamp & Little Hill, Swamp Road, New Gloucester. Meet at the end of the pavement on Swamp Road in New Gloucester, off Chandler Mill Road on the western side of the Turnpike. Maine Woodland Owners Land Trust (MWO) recently acquired this property, which includes what are credibly called the Oldest Trees in Maine, among the northern-most examples of a Black Gum (Tupelo) Swamp. (Only a portion of the swamp is on MWO property). As RRCT considers a “400 Footer Club,” nearby Little Hill may be a suitable off-trail destination, though property boundary lines, sensitive ecology, and neighborhood sensitivities are key to consider. Today’s trip will be off-trail through recent active forestry, with a few hundred feet of elevation gain and unimproved stream crossings.
Three photos of the black gum (tupleo) are below with a map.
- Tuesday December TBD, 2019, 10am: TBD
RRCT Outdoors: Program Description
RRCT Outdoors is our initiative to engage adults and able youth in RRCT’s mission, especially our Stewardship, Acquisition, and Partnership initiatives. RRCT Outdoors trips are open to the public. The target audience is neighbors of our properties, RRCT Board and Committee members, people interested in joining RRCT’s Board or committees, and RRCT partners (municipalities, NGOs, landowners, more.) The staffed trips (typically Stewardship Director Irene Syphers Flynn and/or Executive Director Alan Stearns, sometimes volunteer-led) include trips to properties where we are drafting new management plans, properties with complex management needs to scope, properties we are considering conserving/acquiring, or properties with established or evolving partnerships. Seldom are the trips simply hikes, but rather they might feel like committee meetings in the field, or orientation sessions in the field for RRCT members who want to dig deep into our work. As staff we have to get out in the field to plan and noodle anyway. We invite you to join us.