Trout Brook Nature Preserve
Managed by the South Portland Land Trust
The SPLT transformed an unmaintained gravel pit into a natural area with stream-side, deep wood and meadow trails, new signage, two new bog bridges and a new 45 foot bridge over Trout Brook. SPLT volunteers pitched in to do the work and our volunteer stewards keep the trails well groomed.
Portland Trails aided the project by contributing $1,000 from its Bridges Campaign to help pay for a span crossing the brook and provided essential expertise needed in constructing the bridge landings. Both Custom Float Services and Keeley Crane, the fabricator and installer of the bridge, discounted their fees for this important community project.
In one of our more thrilling moments of that year, the crane from Keeley Crane elevated the bridge span over tall trees and placed it gently on prepared bridge landings. The bridge provides a better view of the braided channel that flows toward Trout Brook's important springs. The bridge as well as a new southern trail are open for use.