Members and friends of the Georges River Land Trust will gather on Sunday, Aug. 21, for GRLT’s annual meeting and celebration in Appleton at the Appleton Preserve, an 124-acre property acquired by GRLT in 2006.

This property protects high quality wildlife habitat along a one-mile stretch of the St. George River. It supports forested and open wetlands and upland coniferous forest with trails meandering through woods and beside the St. George River.

A short business meeting will start at 2 p.m. and the membership will vote on the new slate of board members. After the business meeting, Dan Daly of Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will speak about the fresh water fisheries of the St. George River, with emphasis on the cold water species such as brook and brown trout. Dan is a former fishing guide and past chairman of the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited, as well as an accomplished artist.

A picnic potluck will follow the talk and GRLT will provide drinks. Attendees are asked to bring food to share according to the first letter of your last name, as follows: from A-I a main dish, J-S a salad, and T-Z a dessert. Bring your kids, chairs or blankets, and binoculars! (Please leave pets at home.) Wear suitable footwear for a 10-minute walk from the parking area into the preserve.

Directions: From the intersection of Routes 131 and 105 (Camden Road) in Appleton, go east on Route 105 for 1.2 miles to the property on your right. Look for the yellow GRLT event signs. Someone will assist with parking. Please call the office at 594-5166 with questions. Come out and enjoy this special property, meet the staff and board members, and help celebrate conservation in the St. George River watershed!