2016-07-08 / Community News

Pleasant Hill Preserve


Scarborough Land Trust Stewardship Committee Chairman Seth Hanson, left, and Lead Steward, Park Espenschade, remove invasive plants at the front of the Pleasant Hill Preserve. At left, the new parking area, left, at Pleasant Hill Preserve on Pleasant Hill Road. (Courtesy photos) Scarborough Land Trust Stewardship Committee Chairman Seth Hanson, left, and Lead Steward, Park Espenschade, remove invasive plants at the front of the Pleasant Hill Preserve. At left, the new parking area, left, at Pleasant Hill Preserve on Pleasant Hill Road. (Courtesy photos) Scarborough Land Trust has installed a parking area at its 135-acre Pleasant Hill Preserve property on Pleasant Hill Road.

The project was designed by VHB of South Portland and constructed by L. P. Murray & Sons of Cape Elizabeth. It can accommodate up to 13 vehicles, including a space for handicapped access. Swales on either side of the lot will manage storm water.

Volunteers have been working at the preserve since early May, removing invasive plants, clearing brush and debris, and taking down old farm fencing.

The community spirit that fueled the campaign to purchase and conserve Pleasant Hill Preserve continues with neighbors helping with mowing and repairing trails, tractor services, and watering seeded areas. Scarborough’s Public Works Department has also lent a hand.

Park Espenschade, who lives on Quarterdeck Lane, is serving as volunteer lead steward for the Preserve. Toby Jacobs was recently hired as the land trust’s new part-time stewardship coordinator.

The land trust recently extended the temporary trail at Pleasant Hill Preserve, from the old metal barn into Beach Hill woods and out into the field. It has also contracted with Go Green to apply an organic treatment once a month for tick control on the temporary trail from the kiosk to the metal barn. The product is safe for humans, pets and wildlife.

Another volunteer work party will be held at Pleasant Hill Preserve on Saturday, July 16. The land trust will host a summer walk at the Preserve on Saturday, Aug. 13.

For more inforamtion, visit www.scarboroughlandtrust.org.

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