Land trust is offering nature walk on preserve

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AUBURN – The Androscoggin Land Trust will sponsor a nature walk from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, on the Alexander – Harkins Preserve, led by Bates College senior Molly Marquand

A student of the environmental studies program, Marquand’s walk will focus on invasive plants as a result of her thesis work on the preserve last fall and winter. Local botanist and ALT’s Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator Mike Auger will also be on hand to point out native plant species.

Located in New Auburn, the preserve encompasses almost 30 acres of forest and contains a public network of trails. Abutting the Sherwood Heights School forest, the preserve is part of more than 80 acres of uninterrupted woods, providing habitat for plants and wildlife right in the heart of New Auburn.

To visit the preserve, follow South Main Street in New Auburn to the intersection with Cook Street and take a right. Follow Cook Street until the intersection with 19th Street and turn left. Follow 19th Street until it dead-ends, the trailhead will be on the left. As there is limited parking at the end of 19th Street, people are requested park along the nearby roads.

The Androscoggin Land Trust is a membership driven organization dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the traditional landscapes, natural areas and outdoor experience in and adjacent to Androscoggin County. It conserves more than 2,700 acres of land, including five miles of river front along the Androscoggin River. Visit www.androscogginlandtrust.org or call 783-3550 for more information or to become a member.

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