May 26, 2022
The Robinsons Woods preserve is one of the largest pieces of protected land in Cape Elizabeth. The property reaches from the sea inland, including 197 acres of lush protected forest. The forest consists of rocky, uneven terrain filled with white pine, red oak, hemlock trees, fern groves, wetlands, mosses, and more, providing the town 3 miles of all-season public access trails.
Throughout the year, the forest is beaming with plant and animal life. Located on the Wildflower Trail, this ecosystem is home to amphibians, aquatic plants, a diverse array of trees, and wetland. This post will allow the community to monitor a more sensitive corner of the woods and document how the organisms and ecosystem change seasonally and as climate change persists.
The Robinsons Woods Preserve is owned, managed, and conserved by the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust .
The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust maintains five photo monitoring stations to enable citizen science monitoring of environmental changes in our local ecosystems. Through these locations and accompanying education programs, we hope to foster climate change literacy, scientific engagement, and connections to nature in our community. This project began in 2021 with financial support from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.
CELT is part of the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative Climate Change Observatory Network , a photo monitoring program designed to work with environmental organizations and communities to assist with the observation, measurement and documentation of long‐term climate change trends and climate adaptation projects.