READFIELD – The public is invited to the Kennebec Land Trust’s 45-acre Tyler Conservation Area for a sign and trail dedication program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Join land trust steward, Peggy Barnes, the Tyler family, land trust President Deb Sewall and board member Jim Connors for a short walk on the new hiking trails.

The program will begin at the Tyler Conservation Area parking area on Thundercastle Road. A new sign constructed by volunteer David Kahl of Wayne is located at the beginning of the trail. The property, located on rolling hills overlooking Readfield Mills and Torsey Shores, consists of woodlands, small brooks and wetlands.

The Tylers acquired the property in the 1950’s. They have enjoyed hiking, skiing and snowshoeing on the woods parcel for years.

The Tyler family’s vision for the land is to provide open space, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for future generations; a vision motivated by what they feel is their social responsibility to share the land with others. A snowmobile trail that connects Maranacook High School to Torsey Pond, traditionally used by both snowmobilers and skiers, crosses the Tyler Conservation Area property.

Directions from Readfield Corner, go west on Route 17. Turn right on the Old Kent’s Hill Road. Take a right on Thundercastle Road and look for sign on the right after about 0.6 miles. For more information about the Tyler Conservation Area conservation easement property or about the Kennebec Land Trust, contact the KLT office in Winthrop at 377-2848, by e-mail [email protected], or visit the Website at

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