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Walk on the Wild Side in East Orland 

Catherine Pegram

Dozens of people took a walk on the wild side to help preserve some precious land in East Orland.Great Pond Mountain Wildlands was the site of a five-mile walk, run or ride Sunday. The event was a fundraiser for the Conservation Trust that’s set up maintain the land. Folks could take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the fall foliage. Others hopped on bikes to enjoy the views and some even rode their horses through the Wildlands.This was the first time for the event and organizers hope it sparked enough interest to do it again next year. Cheri Domina says “Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust purchased the Wildlands back in 2005 and this is just one of the yearly fundraisers that helps support the area and keep it open for recreation. It’s about 4,300 acres so it does take some money to keep it running.”The next fundraiser will be a Christmas tree event. After Thanksgiving, folks will be able to come out and cut wild Christmas trees.