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Summer 2010 Newsletter

August BBQ Clues and Answers

At our August BBQ held on Saturday the 21st, PMCC members were invited to search Pretty Marsh for 5 locations that were identified only by a set of clues provided in advance. Those finding and returning stamps from all locations were entered in a drawing for a special award. Here are the five clues, followed by the correct locations:


1. Do you want a private picnic by the water? This spot is not owned by the National Park Service. It is owned by the Pretty Marsh Community Corporation so that means YOU! It is between 800 and 1000 on the Indian Point Road.

2. This is the heart of Greater Downtown Pretty Marsh. Stop (donít roll) and check it out!

3. This is a bog which is high, where no bog would normally be. You can see it from the road between Pondís End and Pretty Marsh. You can hear it in the springtime from everywhere!

4. Known as MDIís best kayaking launch. Make sure to wave to David!

5. On this road, your mode of transport changes with the season. You can snowshoe, walk, cross country ski, stargaze, and snowmobile. If you miss the turn, you are officially in Luntís Hollow. But donít panic- you can keep going and find the other end of the road connected to the main road too, further down in Center!


1. Our own private PMCC picnic spot.

2. The center of Pretty Marsh, by the stop sign.

3. The "Frog Pond" at the height of land before coming into Pretty Marsh.
The answer box had this taped to the top:
Edgar Foote quarried granite from this location between 1910-1920. Since this is a large hole dug into bedrock, it holds water despite being at a local height of land. Normally bogs, like ponds, are down at the base of hills and collect runoff, not at the top.
Vernal pools like this (which dry up partway through the summer) are fairly common in wetlands here and are key to the flourishing of many local plants and animals. This is a particularly unusual one in that this section near the road is deep enough to have permanent water and does NOT dry up- thus this actually comprises several ecosystems. Steve Ressel from College of the Atlantic has observed and/or heard Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica), Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum), Eastern Red-spotted Newts (Notophthalmus viridescens), Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), Green Frogs (Rana clamitans), Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana), and Pickerel Frogs (Rana palustris) at this site. He and his students come every spring to study the diversity and quantity of wildlife here. This area (about 30 acres total) will be protected for our Pretty Marsh future generations through Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

4. The kayak launch area at Bartlett Landing.

5. The Acadia National Park Fire Road.

The Grand Prize (a $25 gift certificate to Under the Dogwood Tree in Southwest Harbor) was won by Inge and Lester's grandson Bradley.

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