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Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
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.
Janice Campbell admires the view from Bald Ledge
Plantain-leaved Sedge (Carex plantaginea)
Moths and butterflies.
The trail starts as an old road…
Sign marking start of preserve 250 feet from the road.
MNAP Intern Sarah Winslow stands next to an old-growth hemlock tree.
1.) A coring tool is inserted into the tree, directed to the center.
2.) The extracted core is held up for examination.
Silvery Spleenwort (Athyrium thelypteroides)
This young porcupine hints that you should keep your pets under control.
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.
Sign to the waterfall
Don Cameron of the Maine Natural Areas Program leans against an old-growth red oak.
Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) is also quite common in the Highlands.
A woods road on the Poulin Preserve
The moon shines above the Heath
3.) The rings are counted to determine the age of the tree.
The trail rapidly turns to a rocky path.
Four hermit thrush babies await food in their nest. Photo by: Don Cameron
Wild blueberries on Sawyer Mountain
The historic stone culvert on the Sawyer Mtn Road has served for over one hundred years.
Poverty Grass (Corema conradii)
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.
Pease Brook as viewed from the Jagolinzer Preserve
Lady Fern (Athyrium felix-femina)
Along the way you might find a Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisama stewardsonii).
Frogs and toads abound.