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BTLT in the News, “Take a Hike: Visit yesteryear at Cathance River Trail and Head of Tide Park, Topsham”

It’s summertime in Maine and with this beautiful weather comes lots of great hiking! One of our favorites that was recently featured in the Coastal Journal is the Cathance River Trail.

The well-packed path, suitable for all ages, is easily traversed snaking southward and west as it follows the twisting river course. At the outset it crosses Adams Landing and Cathance Roads, then runs alongside a meadow humming with insects.

Wooden planking covers a wet area that passes through a patch of enormous skunk cabbage and cinnamon fern. Hemlocks, black spruce, poplar, oak, beech and birch trees abound providing an ideal wildlife habitat for whitetail deer (we caught site of a doe), ducks, beaver, squirrels and raccoon.

Pink Lady Slippers, now in full bloom, can be seen along with diminutive white snowcap flowers and patches here and there of wild strawberries, and blueberries. A series of timbers serve nicely as steps in two areas running downhill. A row of flat stones were laid to carry hikers across a boggy area.

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BTLT in the News, “Soak up the latest trend – forest bathing”

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Jade Integrated Health are teaming up tonight for the first of three forest bathing programs.

Want to check out the trendiest thing in walks? The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is collaborating with Jade Integrated Health in Brunswick for a series of Forest Bathing classes that starts tomorrow and is directed at “finding mindfulness in nature.” For a small donation, you can experience a guided walk – err, bath – through the woods in Brunswick.

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BTLT in the News, “Head of Tide – How did it happen?”

Doug Bennett, BTLT board member, recently wrote an Op-Ed featured in the The Times Record on May 29 regarding the long and rewarding conservation effort for Head of Tide Park.

As we enjoy the park, it is worth noting how this park came to be. Who made it happen and how? There are lessons for the future in the Head of Tide story.

It wasn’t simply the doing of the town government, though they played a key role. It wasn’t simply the work of private individuals, though they played a key role. And it wasn’t simply the result of community organizations, though they, too, played a key role. It was the efforts of all these and many people, working together, that made Head of Tide possible.

Not so long ago, the Head of Tide was a decaying collection of buildings, an eyesore, really. Once the site became available, it might well have become a private development, perhaps a collection of townhouses.

That might well have prevented public access or even view of the Head of Tide. But that’s not what happened.

Curious how this story ends and what Head of Tide Park has to offer today?

Click here to read the full Op-Ed.