News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 31, 2014
Walkers to explore natural resources of Hundred Acre Wood

Join naturalist Cathy Rees on Saturday, August 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Brooklin for a walk through the Hundred Acre Wood, named after the famed woods of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends. Constructed last summer by BHHT trail manager Ken Burgess with the help of the Brooklin Youth Corps and other volunteers, the Hundred Acre Wood is Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s first hiking trail in Brooklin, according to a news release from the trust.

On this approximately two-mile walk, participants will learn what kinds of things are considered natural resources, why it is a good idea to inventory them, and how an inventory can inform land management decisions. The walk will traverse several different habitat types, and Rees will help participants identify the various components of each habitat. The group will learn to read the terrain, recognize indicator plants, and identify signs of wildlife.

Cathy Rees resides in Brooklin and has worked for nearly 20 years doing ecological research for parks, forests, land trusts, and private individuals. Since 1999, she has inventoried parcels for a number of land trusts in the mid-coast region. She majored in environmental planning and earned a master’s degree in ecology. According to Rees, an appreciation for the complexity of ecosystems and how little we really know about their hidden processes makes her work endlessly fascinating.

This is another free program sponsored by Blue Hill Heritage Trust as part of their “Exploring the Peninsula” walk and talk series. Contact Eileen at 374-5118 or eileen@bluehillheritagetrust.org by Friday, August 8, to secure a spot. Pre-registration also enables the trust to contact walkers for changes or cancellations. In case of a storm, the program may be rescheduled to Sunday, August 10.