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 info@freeportconservationtrust.org. 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 info@freeportconservationtrust.org 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. jeffryanauthor.com

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.

Arctic Observations with Peter Ralston, February 7 @ 7 pm, FCC

Join us for a stunning photo journey to Greenland and the Northwest Passage. Talented photographer and co-founder of the Island Institute, Peter Ralston, will share stories and images from his summer 2016 trip to the Arctic on a sailing yacht. You will be treated to dramatic landscapes, wildlife from whales to polar bears, and Inuit villages. Peter will ponder rapid and dramatic changes in the region brought on by global warming.

Arctic Observations with Peter Ralston

Tuesday, February 7, 7 – 8:30 pm

Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street

Free.  Refreshments.

ralstongallery.com

2016 Trail Challenge open to all in September and October

Hike four local trails during September and October to enjoy an adventure out your back door.

To participate in the Freeport Trail Challenge organized by Freeport Conservation Trust visit trails at Calderwood, Quarry Woods, Pettengill Farm and Bliss Woods. Look for a sign and a container with a stamp and pad located along the trail and stamp your Passport or take a photo of yourself on site. Directions to trailheads are at the “Explore Freeport Outdoors” page of this website and they are printed on the Passport.

Collect stamps from each trail on the Trail Challenge Passport or post a “selfie” from your walk on Facebook or Instagram. Pick up a Freeport Trail Challenge Passport at Town Hall, the Historical Society or the Community Center. Or you can contact FCT to get a Passport mailed to you. FCT’s office is in the Community Center, 865-3985 x 212, info@freeportconservationtrust.org

Kids who get all four stamps in their Passports will get a Dairy Queen gift certificate and adults completing the Challenge will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

FCT’s partners in putting on the Freeport Trail Challenge are Town of Freeport, Freeport Historical Society and New England Forestry Foundation.

For a downloadable version of the Passport click here: 2016 Passport Trail Challenge