Friday, January 19, 2018

Two snowshoe hikes available to explore area forest and farm

Loon Echo Land Trust staff will provide a popular snowshoe hike at the Intervale Forest in Harrison on Saturday, January 20 at 9 a.m. The Intervale Forest is part of the spectacular Crooked River Preserve.

Participants will be exploring the interior of this unique parcel, where careful timber management has occurred for generations. Loon Echo Biologist Paul Miller will help identify winter birds of the Intervale and will also “name those tracks!” of winter creatures found within the preserve if conditions allow. The tour will work its way to the amazing Crooked River. Along the way, the leaders will discuss the Sebago Salmon and the importance of the Crooked River to this world-famous species.

The entrance to the Intervale parcel is located on Scribners Mills Road in Harrison, a half mile west of the Crooked River if coming from Otisfield, or 7/10th of a mile east of Maple Ridge Road from the west. Guests should bring snowshoes, warm layers of clothing, water and snacks.

Loon Echo Land Trust protects land in seven towns in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine including Raymond Community Forest.  

Its mission is to conserve the region’s natural resources and character for current and future generations. Loon Echo protects 6700 acres of land and manages 31 miles of trails that are open to the public for walking, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing as well as snowmobiling and ATV’ing on certain designated trails.

For more information about this event, contact Jon Evans at  For more information about other Loon Echo Events, please visit or call the office located in Bridgton at (207) 647-4352.

The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust will provide a Full Moon Snowshoe Excursion on Saturday, January 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Randall Orchards in Standish.

The hike will begin at the farm at sunset and participants will head out to explore the nearly 500-acres of conserved orchard and forest while snowshoeing in the moonlight. After the walk, PRLT will be serving hot cider from apples grown and pressed on-site at the orchard. 

This snowshoe event will be about one mile and the program will last two hours. The event is free and an RSVP is required. To learn more and to RSVP, visit the PRLT website at

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