Great progress at trail clearing, but fallen trees are still across some trails

After the October storm most of the trails in town were blocked in places by fallen trees. Thanks go out to the people with chainsaws who have made great progress clearing many of the trails. We know that Bliss Woods, Stonewood, Sayles Field and Woods, Field Estuary, Powell Point and Cousins River Trails are all clear. Parts of Kelsey Brook and Jackman Trail have been cleared. Let us know if you come across fallen trees.

Remember it is hunting season, so wear orange if you go in the woods.

FCT 40th Anniversary Celebration is coming up – September 30, 2- 5 pm, Tidebrook

The public is invited to a celebration of FCT’s 40 years of conserving special natural places in Freeport.
The party is on Saturday, September 30 from 2-5 pm at the beautiful Tidebrook Preserve on Bartol Island Road.
Join friends and neighbors to celebrate 40 years of land conservation with local food and beer, live music, lawn games, trail walks, cider pressing, an art show and a silent auction.
RSVPs encouraged to Donations welcome.

2017 Freeport Trail Challenge: Get outside with friends and family!

People of all ages are invited to participate in the Freeport Trail Challenge. Hike these four Freeport trails in September and October: Field Estuary, Leon Gorman Park, Stonewood Trail to Sayles Woods, and Tidebrook. Record your hikes in a Passport or by posting on Facebook or Instagram. Passports will be available at Town Hall and the Community Center. Every kid who hikes all four trails wins a prize. Adults will be entered into a drawing for prizes. For more info email or call 865-3985 x 212.

All are invited to June 10 & 11 weekend activities

Fun Family Outing: everyone is welcome!
Saturday, June 10, 1-3 pm
There will be activities for kids by the stream: wear boots; bring dry clothes and toy boats!
Or just take a walk at this hidden preserve, Frost Gully Woods.
Directions: From Route 136 turn into Burr Cemetery, 56 Durham Road, and drive to trail sign at left rear of the cemetery. Follow the trail until it splits and then take either fork to reach the stream.
All ages welcome. A good opportunity to visit this hidden preserve.

Trail Work Day
Sunday, June 11, 9 am – 12 noon
We need your help to build bog bridges and re-route a section of trail.
Also a good opportunity to learn about the East Freeport trail system.
Directions: drive to the end of Litchfield Road, off of Flying Point Road. Find the Jackman trailhead and parking area at the beginning of Windpointe road.

You are invited to an Appalachian Odyssey with Jeff Ryan at the FCT Annual Meeting, May 25

The FCT Annual Meeting will take place Thursday, May 25, 7 pm at the Freeport Community Center. Members and the interested public are invited to hear FCT’s annual report and enjoy a presentation by Jeff Ryan about his 28-year odyssey hiking the Appalachian Trail, which he wrote about in a recently published and well received book. The event is free and there will be refreshments.

Royal River Natural Foods makes ongoing donation to FCT

Freeport Conservation Trust is pleased to announce a partnership with Royal River Natural Foods: the natural food grocery store donates to Freeport Conservation Trust the fees they collect from customers for use of paper bags, per Freeport municipal ordinance.

While it would be best for the environment if everyone used reusable bags, FCT is pleased to be the beneficiary of the bag fee program. FCT will do good things with the proceeds: work to create and maintain trails around town, look for opportunities to preserve addition special outdoor places, and offer natural history and outdoor recreation related programs.

Thank you Royal River Natural Foods!

Visit Royal River Natural Foods here.

Join us for the FCT Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm, Freeport Community Center

Join us at our Annual Meeting to hear a talk by local author, Phillip Hoose, about his book, Moonbird.

It’s Wednesday night, June 8, at 7 pm at the Freeport Community Center. Free. Refreshments.

Praise for Moonbird:

“Moonbird shows marvelously well, with Phillip Hoose’s very engaging style, that to celebrate the individual makes it easier to save the species.” —Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

“This is a compellingly told story of a remarkable individual bird, and of how greatly his world has changed in just two decades.” —Jonathan Franzen, New York Times bestselling author of The Corrections and Freedom