Walk and talk through Jugtown Plains planned

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CASCO — A walk and talk through the Jugtown Plains Habitat will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The event is part of the Crooked River Initiative.

Pixie Williams, plant biologist and active participant of both Otisfield and Casco Conservation Committees, the Twin Town Nature Club and the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, will guide participants through conservation easement-protected lands owned and managed by Hancock Lumber property.

The aptly-named Crooked River winds its way through the contiguous block of over 3,280 acres of forestlands known as the Jugtown Plains. The forest’s core is a highly unusual pitch pine heath, which is considered not only the state’s most important example of this natural community, but an outstanding example in an ecoregion stretching from southern Maine to northern Maryland.

Pitch pine forests of all types, once nearly unbroken as they swept down the eastern coastline, are under siege everywhere by development.

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Participants should meet at the Casco Firehouse parking lot at 1 p.m. to carpool to the site. Those attending should also wear comfortable walking attire and boots and bring water and protection from bugs and sun.

To register or for more information, call 739-2124 or e-mail wflt@megalink.net.

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