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3.) The rings are counted to determine the age of the tree.
Poverty Grass (Corema conradii)
Don Cameron of the Maine Natural Areas Program leans against an old-growth red oak.
In the picture above, the view of Sebago Lake from the summit of Sawyer Mountain appears much the same today as it would have to Francis Small and Chief Wesumbe (Captain Sandy) 300 years ago.
Wild blueberries on Sawyer Mountain
This young porcupine hints that you should keep your pets under control.
Plantain-leaved Sedge (Carex plantaginea)
The trail starts as an old road…
Sign marking start of preserve 250 feet from the road.
A woods road on the Poulin Preserve
This photo shows an ironwood, red oak, and ash woodland community on Sawyer Mountain. Such communities are considered rare in Maine, and most known examples occur in northern York and southern Oxford Counties.
Along the way you might find a Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisama stewardsonii).
1.) A coring tool is inserted into the tree, directed to the center.
Lady Fern (Athyrium felix-femina)
This map box marks the start of the trail along the discontinued Sawyer Mountain Road. The box is located on Route 117 in Limington, 2.5 miles south of Route 25 or 2.4 miles north of Route 11. Free hiking maps are available in the box.
The moon shines above the Heath
Pease Brook as viewed from the Jagolinzer Preserve
Sign to the waterfall
MNAP Intern Sarah Winslow stands next to an old-growth hemlock tree.
Silvery Spleenwort (Athyrium thelypteroides)
The trail rapidly turns to a rocky path.
Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) is also quite common in the Highlands.
Frogs and toads abound.
Four hermit thrush babies await food in their nest. Photo by: Don Cameron
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
The historic stone culvert on the Sawyer Mtn Road has served for over one hundred years.
Moths and butterflies.
2.) The extracted core is held up for examination.
Janice Campbell admires the view from Bald Ledge