Members: Background Information about the Merger

Welcome members of Presumpscot Regional Land Trust

On this page you can view the three documents that the Board of Directors have already voted in support of and are pending member votes which will happen at the Annual Meeting and Celebration, Sunday September 17th at 5p.m. at Randall Orchards in Standish.

If you have questions about about the merger of Gorham Trails with the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust make sure to review our FAQs about the merger by clicking here and please contact our Executive Director, Rachelle Curran Apse, at 839-4633 or info@prlt.org.

Below are the links to the three documents for members to review and vote on at the upcoming annual meeting:

We hope you will join us to vote on Sunday September 17th at 5p.m. for our Annual Meeting and Celebration at Randall Orchards in Standish. To RSVP for the event click here.

Annual Meeting and Celebration

Sunday, September 17th @5pm
Randall Orchards, Standish

We hope you will join us for our annual meeting and celebration at Randall Orchards. Come early to pick apples and enjoy the sweeping views of this beautiful 500-acre forever conserved farm and forest at Randall Orchards. The social time will begin at 5pm and the meeting will begin at 5:45pm. We will have slideshow highlights from the past year, share priorities for the coming year, and have member votes. Please join us to enjoy some homemade pie, cider from the orchard, and great company. The event is free and an RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP.

Guided Hike at Tannery Brook

Saturday, September 16th @10am
Tannery Brook, Gorham

What kind of tree is that? Is that an invasive plant? We’ll answer these and other questions during our hike at Tannery Brook. Join our land trust, the Gorham Conservation Commission, and Gorham Adult Education as we learn about native and non-native plants found in Gorham. You’ll also see and learn the history of the old dam at Tannery Brook. Those that want to lend a helping hand can bring hand pruners to help widen the trails while we explore. Trails are easy to moderate on this walk which will be roughly 1.5 miles long. Open to all ages. The event is free and an RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP.

Paddling the Presumpscot River


Saturday August 5th @10am
Hawkes Preserve, Gorham

Jump in a canoe or kayak to explore the nature and history of the Hawkes Preserve. This two hour event will be led by geographer and hydrologist Maggie Burns who works for FB Environmental, and joined by the authors of the new book, “Paddling Southern Maine: Day Trips for Recreational Kayakers, Canoers, and SUPers” Kimberlee Bennett and Sandy Moore.

Mushroom Discovery Walk

 

Photo Credit Gary Conover

Saturday July 15th @10am
Black Brook Preserve, Windham

Join us to explore the diversity of mushrooms in the Presumpscot region. Learn about the different types of mushroom, how local and seasonal conditions determine species, and which common mushrooms are edible. This two hour walk will be led by Alan Seamans of the Maine
Mycological Association.The event is free, but space is limited.

St. Pierre Preserve – Gorham, 2.9 acres

St. Pierre Preserve offers paddle access to the Little River in Gorham. It is also a great spot for fishing, a picnic, or simply relaxing along the waters of the river.

Please see below for map and more information about the preserve.

     Quick Facts

  • Activities: paddle access, fishing, wildlife viewing
  • Length: less than 100 feet from parking area to landing
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • No Hunting

 Preserve Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the St. Pierre Preserve 

The parking area for the preserve is off of  Route 237 just north of where it crosses the Little River. The remains of the Cumberland-Oxford Canal aqueduct, which allowed boats to cross over the Little River are nearby. This is a popular spot for fishermen. You can also put your canoe or kayak in here and travel by boat down the Little River to the Presumpscot River.

St. Pierre Preserve is owned in fee by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.

Chessey Preserve – Sebago, 109 acres

The out-and-back trail on Chessey provides access to beautiful and remote Browns Pond through densely wooded mixed forest.

Please see below for the trail map and more information about the preserve and trails.

 Quick Facts

  • Activities: hiking, running,  snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing
  • Length: 1 mile round-trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • No Hunting

     Trail Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the Chessey Preserve Trails

The property is wild and relatively pristine woodland area. The trail is easily accessible from Hancock Pond Road and is a short half-mile to the undeveloped shore of Browns Pond. Parts are rocky and—depending on the time of year—muddy. The forest is a mix of hemlocks, pine and birch, and as the trail opens up on the shore, clear views of all sections of the pond including the marshy north end. Please note: snowmobiles and motorized vehicles are NOT allowed on this property.

Chessey Preserve is an easement property with public access.

Pringle Wildlife Preserve – Windham, 17 acres

Pringle Wildlife Preserve consists of marshy wetlands that surround Otter Brook, which flows through the length of the property. There are no trails, but there is an Observation Platform, which is a great vantage point for viewing birds and a variety of other wildlife.

Please see below for map and more information about the preserve and its wildlife.

     Quick Facts

  • Activities: wildlife viewing
  • Length: no trails, but access to the wetalnds
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • No Hunting

Preserve Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the Pringle Wildlife Preserve

Access to the Preserve is off of Windham Center Road. The parking area is on the south side of the Windham Center Road just east of its intersection with River Road.

The Pringle Wildlife Preserve is a very good spot for bird watching. The viewing platform, which was built by an Eagle Scout and his troop, is perfect for viewing a great variety of birds or stargazing after dark.

In the early spring, there are ducks and great blue heron that take advantage of the waterlogged sections. The open field is a perfect spot for hawks to prey on the small field mammals. Later in the spring, tree swallows flitter over the property, feasting on the insects that are attracted to the various wildflowers that spread throughout the field. In the back end of the property, towards Sterling Drive, there is a wall of shrubs and young pines that have sprouted up creating a shady shelter for deer and other animals (as evidenced by the existing trails that lead into them). Walking down by the brook where it passes underneath Windham Center Road it is possible to see otters for which the brook is named. On top of the hill, what look to be two fox dens have been spotted!

Jim and Jane Pringle of Windham, who used the property as farmland for their cattle for about 20 years, generously donated it to the Windham Land Trust in 2006. Before that it belonged to George Lowell who used it as a dairy farm for roughly 50 years.

Pringle Wildlife Preserve is owned in fee by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.

Cummings Preserve – Gorham, 5 acres

The recently renovated trails at the Cummings Preserve run along the Presumpscot River just south of the Dundee Dam in north Gorham. This a popular spot for fishing and swimming.

Please see below for the trail map and more information about the preserve and trails.

     Quick Facts

  • Activities: hiking, running,  snowshoeing, cross-country skiing
  • Length: 1 mile round-trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Leave No Trace: Please take out whatever you bring in.
  • No Hunting

     Trail Map (click to expand)

Directions to Trailhead

About the Cummings Preserve Trails

Parking for the trail is at the Dundee Dam, and the trail begins with Sappi’s canoe portage trail a short ways back up the road from the parking (look for the brown and white hiker sign). The trail is a lollipop loop with one section on the remains of the historic Oxford-Cumberland Towpath and the other along the Presumpscot River.

Cummings Preserve is a public access conservation easement of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.