Volunteers Needed at Saco Heath

Boardwalk Being Reconstructed at Nature Conservancy Preserve

BRUNSWICK, ME  | June 25, 2012

Seeking a summer volunteer project? Help The Nature Conservancy reconstruct a trail and boardwalk at one of its most popular Southern Maine preserves, Saco Heath.

This 1,223-acre preserve is a raised bog that harbors some of the area’s best Atlantic white cedar forest, and one of the best spots in Maine to see the rare mint green and brown Hessel’s hairstreak butterfly.

Volunteers are needed to trim vegetation from the overgrown trail corridor, add gravel to the existing trail, carry lumber and other building material into the heath, and help rebuild a boardwalk that provides access across a portion of the bog. The boardwalk helps visitors enjoy this unique natural system without adversely impacting the delicate plants that grow on the bog.

Groups or individuals are welcome and volunteers can donate an hour, a day, or multiple days. Carpentry experience is not required. Volunteers will be needed through early August. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact trail crew leader, Matt Coughlan, at (208) 201-6855 or

The Conservancy is also accepting donations to help us defray the cost of the boardwalk reconstruction.

For more information about Saco Heath please visit our Saco Heath page.

The Saco Health trail head is located on Buxton Road/Route 112 in Saco, Maine; about two miles west of I-95 (Exit 36). Heading Northwest on 112, the parking lot will be located on the right, just after Mary Avenue.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Misty Edgecomb
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Nature Conservancy

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