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