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