Stewardship Tour Series: Cathance River Nature Preserve

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  • Cathance River Nature Preserve
    August 15, 2022
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Wayne Whitney for a guided tour of Cathance River Nature Preserve focusing on the stewardship management of this property and the work of BTLT.  Cathance River Nature Preserve is a 230-acre easement property adjacent to the Cathance River in Topsham. The preserve features almost 8,000 feet of shorefront on the Cathance River, making this property important to the river’s ecological health. The Cathance River is one of six rivers flowing to Merrymeeting Bay, a resource of statewide ecological significance. The preserve is open to the public and hosts an extensive network of trails that provide wonderful views of river rapids, flat-water, and the large Heath Bog.

Wayne Whitney has been a BTLT member for 33 years and an active volunteer for 9 years.  His volunteer work primarily focus on trail management.  Wayne is a retired attorney, 10th generation Mainer, and has lived in Brunswick for 37 years.  He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking, and X-country skiing.

The walk should take 1hr-1.5hrs.  We suggest wearing sturdy shoes and bringing water, sunscreen and a hat.  Cathance River Nature Preserve has limited parking, so please meet at the Highland Green Community Center and then carpool over to the CRNP parking area.

This event is free but registration is required!

The BTLT Stewardship Tour Series seeks to introduce the community to land conservation, stewardship, and history by offering guided walks with the Land Trust’s incredible Stewardship Team!




CRNP is located at the Highland Green Development in Topsham. From Route 201 in Topsham, take Route 196 east (Coastal Connector) to the first set of lights. Turn left at the lights onto Highland Green on Village Drive.

After you have entered Highland Green, stay straight for 1.5 miles.  You will see the golf club on your left.  Stay on Evergreen Circle, the winding main village road of Highland Green, for approximately 1 more mile.

Look for Junco Drive on your left.  The parking area for the Ecology Center is straight ahead, on the left. This parking area is for visitors of the Ecology Center only. If you are visiting CRNP to enjoy the trails, please continue on Evergreen Circle approximately 1/3 of a mile past the Ecology Center to Hiker Parking.
You will drive through an area where construction may be taking place but the road will remain passable. After driving down a slight hill, Hiker Parking will be on your left. Please exit the same way you came in, as construction vehicles enter from the opposite direction and there is a gate that is closed daily.