BROWNFIELD, Maine — The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust will be offering a snowshoe trek and bonfire at Chamberlain Farm in Brownfield, Maine, as part of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

William Abbott, USVLT’s executive director, will be leading a winter tree identification snowshoe trek, which will be followed up by a bonfire, hot chocolate and cider at the Chamberlain Farm warming hut.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events during the winter and fall seasons hosted by various organizations, and designed to get people outside and enjoying recreational activities in Maine.

This Saturday will be the second time USVLT will host an event at Chamberlain Farm during Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Ward and Nancy Simonton, who are cornerstone members of our conservation community, have had the 77 acres of historic Chamberlain Farm in easement with USVLT since 2006.

Their conservation easement prevents the farm from being subdivided and developed, and also protects natural resources onsite, like wildlife habitat, intact forest and productive agricultural soils. The undeveloped property also protects the watershed of the Shepards River.

Make sure to bundle up and bring your own snowshoes. In case of inclement weather, check the USVLT website ( for news of any cancellation or rescheduling.

The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our motto is “Preserving Land for Community Benefit.”

The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust has completed 66 conservation projects since 2001, totaling over 12,000 acres throughout the towns of Hart’s Location, Bartlett, Jackson, Albany, Chatham, Conway, Eaton and Madison in New Hampshire, and Brownfield, Denmark and Fryeburg in Maine.

Learn more about the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust by calling (603) 356-9683 or go to

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