Park walk will teach about trees of Maine

Enjoy a fall walk at Beaver Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 while learning to identify the various trees and shrubs that grow there.

Do you know the smartest tree that grows in Maine? How do you tell the difference between a white, red or pitch pine tree? Have you ever tasted cherry bark?

Expect to walk at least a mile to a mile and a half.

Hot drinks and refreshments will be available at the Lone Pine Lodge after the walk. Please register by Sept. 10 by calling Beaver Park at 353-9075 or by e-mailing the park ranger at [email protected]

This free event will take place rain or shine.


MMC field team seeking volunteers

A Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) field team crew will be working at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park during the fall.

The crew is working primarily on stonework, trail resurfacing and bridge construction, and they would love your help. All safety equipment and tools are provided by the MCC and there is no minimum time requirement to volunteer.

Upcoming available volunteer dates are Sept. 8-13 and Sept. 21-22, with many more dates later in the season.

All of the MCC’s volunteer opportunities can be found here:

For more information, please contact the MCC’s volunteer coordinator, Sarah Gaffney, at (207) 624-6092 or [email protected]


Yankee Magazine puts Bethel No. 2 on foliage list

In its 75th anniversary issue, on newsstands Tuesday, Yankee Magazine — based in Dublin, N.H. — named Kent, Conn., population 3,000, the best town in New England for fall foliage.

Kent trumped better-known destinations on Yankee’s list such as Stowe, Vt.; Camden; and Amherst, Mass., for the honor.

The leaf-peeping destinations, showcased in Yankee’s September-October issue, were judged in 14 categories — fall color, scenery, visas, water, drives, hikes, culture, farmers markets and farmstands, orchards, parks, covered bridges, shopping, whether they are “uncrowded,” and a final combined category for food and lodging.

Kent scored 58 points out of a possible 70 (zero to five points per category, as determined by Yankee staff).

Following Kent on the list: Bethel, Manchester, Vt.; Williamstown, Mass.; Middlebury, Vt.; and Camden.



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