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