Ever wonder what it takes to conserve and manage the preserves and trails on which you hike, paddle, and explore?

Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 16, for a walk on the McLellan-Poor Preserve to learn about boots-on-the-ground projects and conservation considerations for protecting and maintaining the preserves you love.

As participants hike over rolling hills and along the water, volunteer leader Elisabeth Wolfe will share stories from some of the largest projects on this preserve, including launching a large-scale Japanese knotweed management project (without chemicals), establishing new trail easements beside the preserve, and installing a 36-foot, 500-pound aluminum bridge across Ramsey Brook, thanks to a number of volunteer groups.

If you are interested in learning more about what is really involved in preserve management and conservation while enjoying the great outdoors, then this is the hike for you!

The hike is open to all ages and abilities. Meet at the Route 1 entrance of McLellan-Poor Preserve at 9 A.Ma.m. for a two-hour hike. Parking is limited; carpool if possible. Email info@coastalmountains.org to register for this free event.

Directions to the Route 1 entrance: From Belfast, take Route 1 south. The preserve is 100 yards south of the Belfast/Northport town line. Parking is on the right between the Little River Veterinary Clinic and the Belfast Water District.

Hike-the-Guide is a series of monthly guided outings on land trust preserves listed in our Trail Guide. Held on the third Saturday of each month, the explorations are open to all ages and abilities.

Take the Hike-the-Guide Challenge: Visit 12 or more preserves by April 30, 2019, and receive an L.L. Bean backpack. Record your visits on the checklist at the back of Land Trust Trail Guide or download the checklist from the website.