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