NEWRY — Source to Sea continued with a 5-mile hike up Sunday River White Cap last week to get a 360-degree view of the Androscoggin Watershed.

Sarah Southam and Bob Duplessie from the Mahoosuc Land Trust guided the hike and shared information about the work the trust does to conserve land.

On Friday, July 22, eight people traveled from Mexico to Dixfield on a leisurely 9-mile paddle lasting over three hours. The shallow river made the gravel bars particularly demanding, with lots of places to run aground. Glenn Poulin from Catalyst Paper discussed the company’s environmental efforts and paper products. The group had lunch at Front Porch Cafe in Dixfield.

On Saturday, July 23, the group took an 8-mile paddle from Dixfield to Canton. Jay Bernard, Maine Forest Service ranger, paddled with the group and talked about threats to the trees along the river. The group saw eagles, an otter, herons, geese and a dozen cows in the river.

This week’s paddles include:

After-hours paddle at Otis Mill in Jay: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Twin Bridges in Leeds to Center Bridge in Turner: 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 29.

Center Bridge in Turner to Cherry Pond in Greene: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30.

Auburn to Rancourt Preserve and back: 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 31. The group will have lunch after the paddle.

FMI, sign up: 207-754-8158, www.androscogginwatershed.org.


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