The GapTracks Project

We deployed eight remote cameras to study the wildlife community along the GAP section of the Eastern Trail and Nonesuch River—evaluating the current wildlife community (begun in Feb 2017), the community during trail construction, and the community after trail construction. This section is highly relevant to the ecology of Scarborough Marsh because it includes important headwaters of the Nonesuch River and its adjacent forest serves as a movement corridor for mammals, amphibians and birds. The goals of this project are to 1) document what wildlife use the trail and forest corridor that parallels the trail, 2) to see if and how this wildlife community is impacted by the trail extension project, 3) identify human use of the trail and surrounding area and associated changes in it, and 4) use this information to inform management decisions by relevant stakeholders.

Get up to date info on this project here.

The project is funded by the Friends of Scarborough Marsh and the University of New England, and supported by the Eastern Trail Alliance, Town of Scarborough and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

trail construction map.pngFisher tracks crossing a log over a brook. This picture was taken before trail construction.