Upland Invasive Plants Workshop Oct. 8, Unity

We’ve partnered with the Maine Forest Service and Kennebec Woodland Partnership to offer a day of learning, complete with CEUs for those who want them!

8 – 3 Thursday, Oct. 8

Unity Community Center, 32 School St., Unity

Kanokolus Bog Preserve, Albion Road, Unityhoneysuckle

This workshop is for landowners, foresters, land managers, pesticide applicators, and others interested in learning how to identify, manage and control common invasive plants in woodlands. The workshop consists of a classroom session in the morning and an afternoon field program at SRLT’s Kanokolus Bog Preserve. Please bring a lunch! Field session is rain or shine, please dress accordingly.

Presenters include: Nancy Olmstead, Maine Natural Areas Program; Gary Fish, Maine Pesticides Control Board; Nancy Sferra, The Nature Conservancy; Ronald Lemin, Crop Production Services – Timberland Division.

Maine Licensed Forester and Pesticide Applicator CEUs are available.

Sponsored by: The Kennebec Woodland Partnership, the Maine Forest Service, and Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, with much appreciation to our speakers from multiple organizations.

Advanced registration is required, and a minimum enrollment is needed by Oct. 3 for the workshop to run. To register, contact Rose Zoller, Community Lands Coordinator at Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, 207-948-3766 or rose@sebasticookrlt.org.

Take a Walk, Lend a Hand

PLP kioskDid you know Sebasticook Regional Land Trust owns 11 properties, located in not only Unity but also Burnham, Cambridge, Freedom, Hartland, Jackson and Stetson?  These diverse holdings include an assortment of habitats and recreational opportunities.  You can get to know these special places by volunteering as a property steward!

Some SRLT properties have trails and other public-access improvements. Some properties are managed just for wildlife while others include forestry and farming components.  Some properties are open for hunting, while others are not.  While each property is different, they all have two things in common: they are forever conserved for the benefit of people and wildlife, and the SRLT is responsible for their care.

SRLT property stewards help care for these important lands by taking walks and occasionally joining with other volunteers for larger projects like trail improvements, boundary marking or plant and wildlife surveys.  There are no special skills required, simply a willingness to be outside and to submit a completed “stewardship visit” report – a brief record of your observations and suggestions.

We suggest properties with trails be visited quarterly, with semi-annual or annual visits for our unimproved or remote parcels.  The SRLT provides an initial property orientation and ongoing support.

Interested in learning more? Please contact Jennifer at 948-3766 or by email.