February 11-Androscoggin Riverlands State Park Snowshoe Hike -Legends of the Riverlands
February 11, 2012
This first in a series of snowshoe hikes that will take place in the Riverlands State Park, Maine’s newest state park will highlight the historic and archeological stories of this park. Jonathan LaBonte, Executive Director of Androscoggin Land Trust and Judy Marden, President of the Land Trust will lead groups along the Homestead Trail where 8 farmstead foundations still exist from a community that flourished along the Androscoggin River until it was destroyed in 1927 when the Gulf Island Dam was built. The hike begins at 10 a.m. and will return to the parking lot by 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. Please bring your own snowshoes if you have them, snacks and water; and dress appropriately for the weather. A limited number of snowshoes will be available to borrow for the hike compliments of Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. For more information or to reserve snowshoes, contact Margi Huber, Outreach Coordinator at ALT at 782-3202 or email at email@example.com.
Directions: We will meet at the main entrance of the park, off Center Bridge Road in Turner.
SNOWSHOE EXPLORATIONS WITH ANDROSCOGGIN LAND TRUST AT RIVERLANDS
Take part in or all of a three part series exploring the Androscoggin Riverlands and learning about its natural and cultural history
The Androscoggin Land Trust will host three snowshoe outings at the Androscoggin Riverlands to highlight the cultural and natural aspects of Maine’s fifth largest state park, just 20 minutes from downtown Lewiston-Auburn.
Each event will begin at the Park entrance off Center Bridge Road in Turner and be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., highlighting a different aspect of the conservation land. These events are free and open to the public. See dates and descriptions below.
February 11-Legends of the Riverlands Learn about what life used to be like at the Riverlands in the 1800s, when a small village, saw mill and schools existed along the river’s banks. In the 1920’s, the village was destroyed to make way for the rising water behind the new Gulf Island Dam. Join the search for the homestead foundations that still remain in the park.
February 25-Riverlands Winter Greens-Learn about the trees and shrubs at the Riverlands that provide food and shelter for the birds and animals.
March 3-Winter Wildlife in the Park- Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Joe Willey will join us to show how animals survive in winter and how to identify tracks in the snow. The biologists have suggested that the presence of dogs would not enhance this experience.
The gently graded trail is a two-mile loop. Trail maps will be available for participants. Please bring a pair of snowshoes and water and snacks for the journey. Due to the support of the Maine Department o of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, a limited number of snowshoes will be available to borrow on February 11 and February 25,. Please contact Margi Huber at the Androscoggin Land Trust to reserve them at 207-782-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Androscoggin Riverlands, owned by the state of Maine, encompasses nearly 2,600 acres in Turner and Leeds that was initially conserved by a group of local citizens concerned that the rivershore views and traditional recreation uses would be lost to residential development when the former timberland went up for sale. Upon successfully conserving this land, the Riverlands group and others formed the Androscoggin Land Trust in 1989.
“Having a park like this so close to the Lewiston-Auburn community gives so many children a great opportunity to get outdoors and experience a little bit of wilderness,” said ALT Outreach Coordinator, Margi Huber. “In addition to these being events open to the general public, each trip will be a special field trip for children from Lewiston-Auburn.”
With grant support from the Environmental Funders Network, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation and the Ferguson Foundation, ALT will be helping the Boys and Girls Club of Lewiston-Auburn and the Tree Street Youth Program of Lewiston venture to the Riverlands this winter.
The Androscoggin Land Trust protects important natural areas, traditional landscapes, and outdoor experiences within the Androscoggin River watershed by promoting stewardship and supporting a network of public and privately held conservation land. We currently conserve nearly 4,850 acres of land, including over ten miles of riverfront along the Androscoggin River.