LEWISTON — Garcelon Bog will be the site of a Botany Nature Walk to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17.

Androscoggin Land Trust is hosting a series of monthly events to celebrate their 25th anniversary and encourage interested members of the public to get out on conserved land.

This is the fifth event this year and will be an easy walk around Garcelon Bog. ALT planned this event to identify the spring growth throughout the preserve.

The Garcelon Bog conservation easement protects more than 100 acres of ecologically significant wetland in the heart of Lewiston. It is a unique ecological feature in the city and contains a variety of natural habitat types including forested, open and emergent wetlands that support a wide variety of plant and animal species.

Participants are encouraged to wear boots and may want to wear layers in case the weather is changeable.

The group will be walking on the boardwalk which is located at the end of Russell Street Extension. Parking is on the edge of the cul-de-sac. The trail into the bog is available for environmental educational purposes and recreation to highlight the ecological importance of this natural gem within the second largest urban area in Maine.

The project was a partnership between the land trust and the city in its effort to seek permits for the construction of the Gendron Business Park II off Alfred Plourde Parkway. While the city will retain day-to-day responsibilities for the property, the land trust is legally responsible and committed to making sure the conservation easement is upheld, thus protecting the bog from development in perpetuity. Recreational and educational access is allowed and encouraged.

Upcoming events include paddling through the wetlands to learn about birds and beavers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 14, at Hooper Pond in Greene. Participants must have their own kayak or canoe.


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