The Georges River Land Trust will offer a guided moss and lichen walk Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Point Nature Preserve in Cushing. Botanist Fred Olday will introduce the moss and lichen so characteristic of Maine’s coastal spruce-fir forests. Participants are asked to bring a hand lens and to wear clothing and footwear suitable for walking in the woods. The event will take place rain or shine.

The Pleasant Point Nature Preserve, owned and managed by the Georges River Land Trust, is a 65-acre property acquired by the land trust in 2008. It was donated to the land trust by a group of 25 local residents who worked for a dozen years to purchase and protect this area of mixed woodland and wetland on the Cushing peninsula. Nestled between Pleasant Point Road and Stones Point Road, the woodland had been heavily cut over and the neighbors were concerned that it would be sold and developed. The Pleasant Point Nature Preserve now provides permanent wildlife habitat, open space on the peninsula, and low-impact recreational use for the public.

Olday, presently employed as a research horticulturist in Maine’s wild lowbush blueberry industry and a longtime Down East resident, is a former faculty member in botany at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and an instructor at the Humboldt Field Research Institute in Steuben where he has taught courses in moss and lichen biology. He spends as much time in wild nature as possible where he divides his time between numerous outdoor activities and becoming more familiar with the local moss and lichen floras.

This event is part of the Georges River Land Trust’s Walks & Talks series where the land trust hosts events to introduce people to the wonderful resources in the St. George River watershed. Upcoming events include a nature photography workshop on Sept. 18 and a Ragged Mountain hike on Oct. 2 co-sponsored with Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

For more information and directions, call 594-5166.