Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will co-host a trail opening and walk on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the new Hauk-Fry Tract of the Meadow Brook Preserve in Swanville.

Ian Stewart, stewardship director for Coastal Mountains Land Trust, will explain the effort to permanently conserve the land around Hurds Pond, a collaborative effort among the Land Trust, Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Maine Department of Inland and Fisheries Wildlife.

Participants should meet at the preserve trailhead on Oak Hill Road in Swanville, two miles from the intersection with City Point Road. Sturdy hiking shoes and water are suggested. The event is free and open to the public.

The Meadow Brook Preserve is a part of Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s ongoing effort to permanently conserve important ecological habitat and scenic landscape around Hurds Pond and its source, Meadow Brook.

Over the course of the past year, the Land Trust has worked, with the support of the Fund for Land Conservation at the Maine Community Foundation, to engage the local community in this conservation project, conduct outreach to landowners in the area, and begin to develop public access opportunities for the community to enjoy.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve more than 9,600 acres to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. For more information about the Land Trust or for directions to the site, visit or call 236-7091.

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is a group of organizations and individuals working to support conservation and stewardship of natural, scenic, historic, and public access resources of the Belfast Bay watershed through research, community-building and education. Learn more at