The Habitat Bunch

Discover what’s hidden or what’s next, Thursday at 10:00 am

The Habitat Bunch invites you to join RRCT staff and professional experts in weekly explorations on conserved lands in the Royal River watershed. Each week has a varied topic – spring migrations, connectivity planning, successful restorations – but the common theme is an opportunity to walk and connect with RRCT, neighbors, and our conserved lands. We see these treks as a critical way in understanding how to be our best version of a community-aligned land trust. Treks are typically one to three miles, and sometimes include off-trail excursions to see emerging projects or emerging destinations.

We look forward to seeing you soon. And don’t forget to always bring water, a snack and bug repellent. Wear appropriate gear and always invite neighbors and interested parties, and expect a little bit of wonder.

Schedule

RSVPs are not required. These events occur irrespective of the weather, cancelled only by notice on this webpage, and only with a downpour or other extreme weather. Vote with your feet!

Thursday, October 6th, 10am: Yarmouth’s West Side Trail

Thursday October 6th, 10am: Yarmouth’s West Side Trail.

Trail maps & information: West Side Trail

Address: Park in the gravel construction area off Hillside Avenue in Yarmouth, near the town line with Cumberland, under the overhead transmission lines. The gravel construction area is on the south side (ocean side) of Hillside Avenue.

Trip leader: RRCT & West Side Trail volunteer Bill Dunn, along with Alan Stearns (207) 215-8315

Trip description: We’ll trek both north of Hillside Avenue on finished sections of the trail, and also south of Hillside to see some of the recently constructed boardwalks not yet connected by fully completed trail.

Thursday, October 13th, 10am: Sam Ristich Trails, North Yarmouth

Thursday October 13th, 10am: North Yarmouth’s Sam Ristich Trail

Preserve information: Sam Ristich Trail

GPS Address: Park in the Wescustogo Community Center parking lot at the intersection of Parsonage Road and Route 9

Trip leader: Adam Pereira, 207-809-9103

Trip description: We’ll walk roughly 2 miles along the Sam Ristich trails, find mushrooms in honor of Sam, and talk land conservation in North Yarmouth.

Thursday, October 20th, 4 pm: Big Falls Preserve expansion (Talking Brook Public Land), New Gloucester & Auburn

Thursday October 20th, 4 pm: Big Falls Preserve expansion (Talking Brook Public Land), New Gloucester & Auburn.

Preserve information: Big Falls Preserve

GPS Address: 381 Woodman Road, New Gloucester

Trip leader: Alan Stearns (207) 215-8315

Trip length: This special 4pm event is not a hiking trip, but rather an outreach opportunity for RRCT and the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands to outline and discuss plans for preserve expansion, including new parking and new trails. More details on this event are here at RRCT’s Events Page. That events page will also point you toward the Big Falls Preserve webpage, which has information on the planned expansion.

Thursday, October 27th, 10am: Big Falls Preserve expansion (Talking Brook Public Land), New Gloucester & Auburn

Thursday October 27th, 10am: Big Falls Preserve expansion (Talking Brook Public Land), New Gloucester & Auburn.

Preserve information: Big Falls Preserve

GPS Address: 381 Woodman Road, New Gloucester

Trip leader: Alan Stearns (207) 215-8315

Trip length: Three miles.

We’ll hike the full three-mile perimeter loop trail that will be created upon the creation of Talking Brook Public Land — combining existing Norumbega trails and existing Big Falls Preserve trails.