Buttermilk Lane crossing the Weskeag Marsh  GRLT photo
Buttermilk Lane crossing the Weskeag Marsh GRLT photo
On Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m., the public is invited to join staff of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) to celebrate the opening of a newly built viewing platform and trail at the Weskeag Marsh.

Those attending should meet at the Buttermilk Lane parking lot. Following a short hike along the trail, adults and youth will be able to view the birds from a safe distance at the viewing platform. Binoculars will be available for children to use, courtesy of National Audubon and Project Puffin. MDIFW staff will make a short presentation on the migratory bird activity at the marsh.

Following a series of public outreach programs focused on the Weskeag, which were organized jointly by GRLT and Friends of the Weskeag, it became clear that people were eager to have better access to and interpretative information about the marsh. Georges River Land Trust and the state, with grant support from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, have been able to develop opportunities for the public to have safe and unobtrusive access to the marsh and interpretive materials about the importance of the marsh to the natural ecosystem and the regional economy.

Boy Scouts from the Troup 53 Katahdin Area Council built the trail and platform for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which owns and manages the R. Waldo Tyler Wildlife Management Area. The user-friendly access points will allow visitors to observe the wildlife while protecting the actual saltmarsh and minimizing disturbance to the shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl. The trail complements an interpretive kiosk installed by Georges River Land Trust at the Buttermilk Lane parking lot that aids in the understanding and appreciation of the importance of the Weskeag Marsh.

The program and celebration is part of the Georges River Land Trust's continuing series of activities connecting the public with the vast resources of the watershed and surrounding areas. Upcoming events include two Revelry on the River events, Daffodil Garden Party on May 5 and Special Tour and Tasting at Breakwater Vineyards on May 19, plus a family Quest on the Thomaston waterfront on Saturday, June 9. For further information on the Georges River Land Trust and its programs, visit www.grlt.org, contact them at info@grlt.org, or call 594-5166.