The following was submitted by Emily Levin, project manager for Essex National Heritage Commission:
Join Essex Heritage for an interpretive walk of the Old Eastern Marsh Trail on Saturday, June 9 from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Walkers should meet at the trail parking area on Friedenfels Road in Salisbury.
Jerry Klima, Salisbury Selectman and Coastal Trails advocate, will guide this easy walk along 1.3 miles of paved rail trail from the bank of the Merrimack River through woods and pristine sections of the Great Marsh offering beautiful views, world-class bird watching, abundant wildlife and interpretive signs that shed light on the history of this region, Salisbury and the railroad. The early start will increase the odds of spotting wildlife, including turtles commonly out along the trail digging nests and laying their eggs, during their peak laying season. The walk will also provide an opportunity to learn about the historical importance of this property as a railroad corridor and how it has evolved into a significant community resource today.
This is an easy walk suitable for anyone in reasonably good condition, including children. Rain or shine, please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. The walk should take an hour and a half to two hours. Water and light refreshments will be provided.
The event is open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP with payment by Thursday, June 7. The cost is $5 for Essex Heritage members and $7 for non-members.
Please register online at www.wssexheritage.org/membership. Call Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444 for questions and details. Event fees sustain the Essex Heritage membership program and support partner sites.