Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the public to participate in its 9th annual free blueberry pick held on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The land trust will open a portion of the 20-acre organic blueberry farm as a thank you to the community that supports and enjoys the preserve. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to welcome and orient people to areas open for picking.

Participants should bring their own containers and be prepared for a moderate walk to the picking fields. Sorry, raking is not permitted. Volunteers will be on hand to direct visitors to parking locations at the preserve’s Beech Hill Road parking lot and adjacent field. Parking and access to the preserve are not permitted from South Street at any time.

Beech Nut, the historic stone hut on the summit, will be open to the public on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to talk about the history and management of the hut and the preserve with land trust volunteers.

Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport is a 300-acre farm, managed for the complimentary purposes of maintaining the property’s scenic beauty, historic value, grassland bird habitat, and organic blueberry production.

The mission of the Beech Hill Blueberry Farm program is to promote a greater understanding of the public benefits of land conservation by directly involving the community in an ecologically and financially sustainable blueberry farm. All funds generated by the commercial sale of Beech Hill blueberries directly support continued stewardship and maintenance of the preserve. Visitors are thus reminded that fields are only open to the public during these scheduled free pick times and then only in designated pick areas. At all other times, the land trust requests that the visitors please stay off these fields so essential to the preserve’s future.

This year Coastal Mountains Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary of permanently conserving land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The land trust has protected almost 9,000 acres since 1986. For more information about the land trust, please visit coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091.