The Georges River Land Trust will offer a winter hike Saturday, March 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Old Woods Farm in Tenants Harbor. Jan Wirth, GRLT volunteer and developer of the innovative “green” housing project, will lead the hike across two miles of newly built trails through the woods. Participants should wear waterproof hiking boots or bring snowshoes if there is sufficient snow cover.

Old Woods Farm is a small conservation neighborhood of 10 home sites, located on 16 acres of a 100-acre parcel in the lower St. George River watershed. In keeping with a philosophy of conservation, Old Woods Farm was designed to minimally impact the beautiful wooded landscape and large open meadow, and to permanently protect the adjacent 84 acres of undeveloped wetlands and woods. Each home will be sited for privacy and include renewable energy systems, green building practices and native landscaping. A neighborhood garden is planned for the common open space next to the meadow.

A conservation neighborhood typically provides each home with direct physical and visual access to interconnected natural areas. Each house has more natural views and fewer views of other homes because they are sited to enhance the intrinsic beauty of the individual site. Commonly owned open space and pathways create social meeting places and the natural environment provides undisturbed areas for wildlife habitat.

This past year, over two miles of trails were cleared and blazed for walking and cross-country skiing. The trail skirts marshland and wanders through lichen-covered ledge and several different types of forest stands, from thick regeneration to mature pine and spruce. Beavers have dammed up a small tributary creating a pond and the trail goes by an active lodge. Several open areas provide forest edge that is a favorite for different bird species, moose, deer and other wildlife.

The hike is part of the Georges River Land Trust’s annual Walks & Talks series that connects communities with the vast outdoor resources of the Georges River watershed and surrounding areas. Upcoming events include a presentation by Geri Vistein, “Coyote: America’s Song Dog,” co-sponsored by the Rockland Public Library, on Thursday, March 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the annual Georges River White Water Race in Searsmont on Saturday, March 27. The land trust encourages people to stop by GRLT’s information table at the Appleton Preserve, the finish line for the race. The land trust will have hot chocolate and doughnut holes on hand for spectators and racers; cheer on the paddlers for the first race of the season. For more information on any of the events, visit grlt.org, call 594-5166, or e-mail info@grlt.org.

Directions for the hike: From Route 1 in Thomaston, take Route 131 south for approximately 10 miles to the village of Tenants Harbor. Drive through the village and at the intersection of Wallston Road and Port Clyde Road (Route 131) there will be a large sign that says “Granite Gardens.” Take a hard left and continue south toward Port Clyde approximately one-fifth of a mile. Turn right into Old Woods Farm.