Georgetown, Maine

Click on image to download the 2018 Trails Guide, or pick up a copy at the Town Office.

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And click here for 2018 update:

Coastal Guide

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Upcoming Events

Coming in January — Harvest Potluck

Pickled, Frozen and Dried

What you’ve got too much of from your garden now, or shoot too much of during hunting season — pickle it, freeze it or dry it, and bring it to share with your neighbors in January, when we need it and good fellowship both. To celebrate the bounty of where we live. GCC date TBD.

Volunteers Needed

Culvert Project

Can you help Georgetown plan for potential flooding by taking pictures following exceptionally heavy rains?  Volunteers still needed on Robinhood and Jewett Roads for the culvert planning project!  Data will be analyzed by UNH civil and environmental engineering students under the supervision of Professor Nancy Kinner of the Georgetown Conservation Commission in this assessment project begun in 2015 in coordination with our Road Commissioner.  To volunteer or learn more about volunteering, email the team at georgetownculverts2019@gmail.com

Trail Maintenance

Like to be outdoors?  Have a chainsaw (or a handsaw)?   We always need help with trail maintenance at Ipcar and Round the Cove Preserves.  Contact us at conserve04548@gmail.com 

Seasonal Notices

Moths and Butterflies!

Several people have asked about the numerous tussock moth caterpillars around Georgetown this fall.  We are seeing a lot of American dagger moth caterpillars, as well as others.  They are not as harmful as browntail and won’t destroy our trees:  still, don’t pick them up.  ALL HAIRY CATERPILLARS CAN CAUSE A BAD RASH.  It’s their defense against birds eating them.  It works.


In the good news department, since our unusually wet 2019 spring the browntail moth (another variety of tussock moth) population appears to have almost completely crashed.  The few remaining caterpillars are building winter webs with very weak silk, suggesting they may not survive, either.  (Their hairs in the environment can remain toxic for three years, so you may still possibly get a rash from piled wood, etc.)

Monarch butterflies made a wonderful comeback this year!  Now migrating to Mexico. 

2019 Deer Hunting Season

Archery  October 5 – November 1

Youth Deer Day  October 26

Maine Residents Only Day  November 2

Firearms  November 4 – November 30

No hunting on Sundays.

Blaze orange is the new black.  Wear blaze orange in the woods.

FMI and all species seasons:  2019-2020_SeasonBagLimits

Questions on seasons or regulations?  Call IF&W at 287-8000

Georgetown Game Warden:  Doug Kulis 371-2228

The Turtles Have (Mostly) Crossed

The Georgetown Conservation Commission took down the “Turtle Crossing” signs along Georgetown roads at the end of September. They’ll be back up in the spring before our turtles are laying eggs again.  Please be aware that turtles will still be out and about and some may be crossing to their overwintering marshes, so continue to look out for turtles on the roads until the weather’s cold.  If we’ve missed a sign to take down now, or if you can suggest a turtle road crossing area that needs signs in the spring, please contact us at conserve04548@gmail.com

We’re also looking into getting official DOT turtle crossing signs for our State roads.

FMI on Georgetown’s turtles, including the endangered spotted turtle, see Projects/Turtles Crossing 

Deer Ticks Are Out

Remember to check yourself regularly for deer (black-legged) ticks.  The nymphs are tiny, most active in early spring, and may carry five different diseases in the Midcoast.  Wearing Permethrin treated clothing can help repel them.  Tick Borne Diseases

IF&W has declared Arrowsic and Georgetown WMD 25A for Antlerless Deer Permits.  See this ‘Message to Hunters’ from the Tick Group:

Wood (or dog) tick, left, is much bigger than the deer (or black-legged) tick, right. It’s the deer tick that transmits diseases.

2019 Coastal and Estuary Water Quality Monitoring 

Georgetown volunteers are measuring temperature, salinity, clarity, dissolved oxygen, and pH (acidity) at nine locations around our coastline during biweekly high tides from May through October. Water Quality

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