On Saturday, May 12, Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the public to celebrate the official opening of the Long Cove Headwaters Preserve in Searsport.

Acquired in 2010, the Preserve safeguards over 455 acres of forested land and important wildlife habitats, including a range of forest types, several wetlands, a significant beaver flowage and numerous large vernal pools. This is the first preserve in Searsport for the Land Trust.

Although a management plan is in progress, the property is currently open to the public for walking and hiking along the existing network of woods roads. Additional trails will be developed in the future. The Preserve will also remain open for upland game and waterfowl hunting, as well as cross-country skiing in the winter.

The official opening celebration and exploratory walk of the Preserve will take place with Ian Stewart, Stewardship Director for the Land Trust, on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Those interested may meet at the trail-head located on Savery Road in Searsport, about a mile northeast of its intersection with Mt. Ephraim Road.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected over 9,000 acres to date. For more information about this event, other preserves or the Land Trust please call (207) 236-7091 or visit www.coastalmountains.org.