BTLT’s Stewardship Team – together again on trail!

Cathance River Nature Preserve Partially Re-Opened!

Just in time for mud season, BTLT, Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA), and the Preserve landowner, Seacoast Management, are pleased to announce the limited re-opening of Cathance River Nature Preserve following its 2020 closure due to COVID19.

Initially, trails will be accessible only from the Ecology Center parking lot. The Cathance River and Highland Trails will be open as far south as the Rapids Trail. The Beaver and Barnes Leap Trails will also be open. The wearing of masks in outdoor public spaces is still required, so please keep trails safe and open by following this rule.

To ensure a smooth re-opening and make sure that trails can remain open, please do not use closed trails, unfinished re-routes, or closed parking areas.

Hiker Parking will remain closed until trail re-routes around the Sycamore Drive Ext development are complete. Once new bridges associated with trail re-routes are complete, all Preserve trails will open for use.

It is essential that Preserve visitors park only in designated parking areas, which are the Ecology Center parking lot and (when re-routes are complete) Hiker Parking. Most of the streets in Highland Green are not public ways and street parking is not allowed. Please park efficiently to maximize parking space and if parking lots are full, return another day. Check our TRAILS PAGE to find many other wonderful local hikes.

We are delighted to announce this news, but because it is mud season, we caution people to exercise restraint in use of the trails until things dry out. In the meantime, please follow best practice for hiking during mud season: wear waterproof footwear that can get muddy; walk through, not around, muddy areas to avoid extending the damage and widening the path more than necessary; hike early or late in the day when temps are cooler and the ground is firmer.

We thank you for your patience during the closure and look forward to seeing you on Preserve trails in the coming months!

The Winter Days of a Land Steward

Remember to mask up on trails – That’s an order!

As COVID-19 cases surge across the country and rise within our community this holiday season, we hope that you’ll join us in safely enjoying the outdoors by wearing a mask when on Land Trust trails.

 

Governor Mills’ November 4th Executive Order requires face coverings in all public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distance. In the order, “public settings” include outdoor spaces such as parking lots and walkways. Given the high use that our trails have received this year, we are asking that folks do their part by wearing masks while outside on Land Trust trails to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

BTLT staff member, Katy Mendenhall with her dog, Acadia at Crystal Spring Farm

Trail Building at Kate Furbish Elementary School

The Navy Posts Their Brunswick Landing Properties

Many of you may have seen a host of new “No Trespassing, Federal Property” signs at Brunswick Landing. This includes trails that lead off of BTLT’s Neptune Woods property. These signs now clearly mark what has been, and continues to be, Navy owned land.

The US Navy is currently enforcing their no trespassing regulations through signage and video monitoring because the land is undergoing further environmental study and remediation work. Trespassing on federal land is a federal crime and the Navy can pursue appropriate legal actions against violators, THEY ARE SENDING PHOTOS OF TRESPASSERS TO THE BRUNSWICK POLICE.

Please only use the trails that you know are publicly accessible – including BTLT’s Neptune Woods, and the Town of Brunswick’s Kate Furbish Preserve. Stay on trails that are included on the trail maps to be sure you are staying on publicly accessible land.

BTLT is working diligently to help assure that the land designated for use as recreation lands in the BNAS Redevelopment Plan is ultimately both accessible and safe for the community. We hope that the recreation lands on the east side of the Landing are appropriately remediated and turned over by the US Navy soon, and we will continue to actively advocate for public access on these lands and for appropriate remediation to assure that those lands are safe for the community and the natural systems that are resident on the land.

For questions or concerns about Navy lands, you can contact local Navy officials at #207-406-2290

2020 Get Active Southern Midcoast Guide and BINGO!

The Southern Midcoast is full of trails, boat launches, scenic hikes, and paddling opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a five-minute walk or a five-mile kayak, you can find some fun in our area. To provide comprehensive guides to all the fun in our area throughout the year, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust partners with Get Active Southern Midcoast. The summer 2020 trail guide can be accessed HERE.

The Get Active Southern Midcoast guide offers a wide variety of ideas for you and your family to get out and enjoy the outdoors at low to no cost in Brunswick, Topsham, Bath, West Bath, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Westport Island, and Georgetown. You can find trails, sites for bird watching, swimming spots, and more all in one place. Click here to visit the website.

This year, Get Active Southern Midcoast is offering a fun Summer Challenge to get you out and enjoying the beautiful recreational resources that our area has to offer.

Join the Southern Midcoast Get Active Summer Challenge 2020!

HOW TO PLAY

Download a card by clicking here.

Fill a row or the entire card, substitute an activity if needed. When you complete an activity X it off and write the date. Once complete mail to: Access Health 66 Baribeau Dr, Suite 7 Brunswick, ME 04011

You’ll be entered in our monthly raffle, through September 30, 2020.

COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS:

• Do not visit if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19

• Stay at least 6 feet away from other people at all times; have a face covering if needed

• Avoid busy parks & trails – have a plan B

• Wash your hands when you can, bring hand sanitizer, cover your cough

• Be prepared for limited access to restrooms

• Share the trail, warn others as you pass

HIKING TIPS:

Ticks, Heat, Thunder

Biking

Fishing & Boating

PARTNERS:

Access Health • Bath YMCA • Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust • Cathance River Education Alliance • City of Bath • Harpswell Heritage Land Trust • Kennebec Estuary Land Trust • Mid Coast Hospital • Phippsburg Land Trust • People Plus • Six Rivers New England Mtn. Bike Assoc. • Spectrum Generations • Town of Brunswick • Town of Harpswell • Town of Topsham

Wildflowers at Crystal Spring Farm!

Fiddlehead Foraging

Chase Reserve [VIDEO]