Invasives in Your Backyard


multiflora rose

SRLT has invested tremendous time this summer identifying the level of invasive plants on our Community Lands, in order to best assess how to restore our lands to be more supportive of native plants, wildlife, birds and insects. If you’d like to learn how you can improve things in your own back yard, head over to the Vassalboro Grange on Route 32 this Friday evening.

Invasive Plants in Your Backyard: a talk by Colby Prof of Biology, Judy Stone, 7:15 p.m. Friday, July 31. There will be a public potluck supper at 6:30 prior to the talk. Public is invited to both; bring a dish to pass if you wish to come to the supper. FMI call Holly 923-3397 or email

Pleasant Lake Preserve Saturday, June 6

PLP dedication

photo credit S. Olson

Jennifer, Rose and community members gathered to share thanks with Kent Hewitt, donor of the Pleasant Lake Preserve, on Saturday, June 6.  Throughout his 40-plus years of ownership, Kent welcomed the community to his lands on Pleasant Lake (Stetson Pond).  He gave 150 acres to Sebasticook Regional Land Trust to assure this tradition of public access will continue forever.   For National Trails Day 2015, we welcomed Kent back to the property for a celebratory paddle and hike on the improved trails.  We thank everyone who came out and shared their thanks with Kent.

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.