Speaker Series Continues on December 14 with “Stewardship of Small-Scale Woodlands”

kanokulus_10-8-2015-12Wednesday, December 14.
Morten Moesswilde,
District Forester, Maine Forest Service will speak about forest stewardship, management and restoration.  Central and mid-coast Maine have a long history of logging and lumbering.  Many people today are interested in continuing to derive economic value from their trees—firewood, building materials, etc.—while restoring the forest’s ecological, recreational, and spiritual qualities.  Stewardship involves the notion of enhancing and passing those benefits on to future generations.  Morten will discuss basic principles of “silviculture” and practical applications for small woodland owners.

Restoring Connections To Place
A Monthly Speaker Series

September 2016 – June 2017
2nd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 PM,
93 Main St., Unity

Christmas Bird Count Seeks Feeder Watchers and Field Observers!

The Sebasticook Regional Land Trust (SRLT) invites all interested birders to participate in the Unity Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday December 17.

This event contributes to the North American database for the National Audubon Society’s CBC which is now in its 117th year. Birders of all skill levels are welcome at any level of participation.

A CBC count is a tally of individuals of all bird species seen or heard during one 24-hour period in early winter, from midnight to midnight within a 7.5 mile radius. The Unity CBC circle is centered at the intersection of Quaker Hill Road and Route 202/9 in Unity and is divided into sectors, each of which is assigned to a team of birders. Observers may also choose to watch birds at their home feeders if they are within the circle and record sightings during the day.
SRLT will provide volunteers with instructions, bird lists, data sheets and the final results of the tally.

All who participate are also invited to the SRLT’s bird countdown event at 93 Main St. in Unity at 4:30 PM where we will enjoy pizza and tally the birds found during the day.

SRLT will also sponsor another CBC in Hartland on December 24. This count is centered just south of St. Albans and extends from the south side of Great Moose Lake to the west side of Sebasticook Lake. The count will be run similarly to the Unity count, as explained above. If you have computer access and would like more information on the CBC, see this link http://www.audubon.org/content/history-christmas-bird-count

For more information or to sign up for either count, please email Tom Aversa at tom.aversa@gmail.com. Please get back to me as soon as possible and let me know whether you plan to participate, and whether you will be doing field birding or watching your feeders.

Balsam Fir Tipping and Wreath Making

Balsam Fir Tipping and Wreath Making was a lot of fun.
Thank You Jeanne Siviski, Andy Reed, Deborah Dinsmore – Branch Pond Flowers and Gifts and SWOAM.

Fall Harvest Fest

A Wild Edible Plants Workshop and Community Meal with SRLT

A good time was had by all. Many thanks to Susan Shell, Trevanna Grenfell, The Board, Angelo Conti and Chef Frank Giglio.

SRLT is Looking for Volunteers!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust.

crewThere is a role for everyone, from working with children to leading excursions to serving on a committee… and much more!  Whether you can give us several hours a week or a few hours a year, we need your help.  Please take a couple of minutes to download the SRLT Volunteer Interest Form  below and return it to Susan by email, mail (P.O. Box 184, Unity, ME 04988), or in person (93 Main St., Unity).  Call her at 948-3766 if you have questions.

 SRLT Volunteer Interest Form

SRLT Launches Search for New Director

The Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Unity, Maine is seeking a dynamic, people-oriented Executive Director with demonstrated leadership and management experience, preferably in a small non-profit organization.  This is a full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the Board Chair and Executive Committee to develop the vision and carry out the mission of the trust. The Executive Director will provide leadership for the organization, manage professional staff and be responsible for overall organizational operations. Additional responsibilities will involve fundraising and donor relations; landowner and community relations; strategic policy and partnership development; and project management of land acquisition, stewardship and habitat restoration. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated success fundraising for operations and capital projects and promoting positive community relations. A working knowledge of the watershed and its communities is desirable. Review of applications will begin Oct. 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  Salary will be commensurate with experience. For additional information contact Dylan Dillaway, SRLT Board Chair,207-509-0480 or ddillaway@unity.edu.

Complete applications include: cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Submit applications to:

EDApplications@SebasticookRLT.org

A full job description is available here.

Connor Mill Trail Re-Opens!

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We are pleased to announce that access has been restored to the full extent of the Connor Mill Trail along Sandy Stream in Unity!  This fabulous trail, forever protected by trail easements generously donated by Arlene and Charles Schaefer and Don and Patricia Newell, now features a shiny new bridge over Bacon Brook!

With funding from the LL Bean Maine Land Trust grant program administered by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, SRLT volunteers and awesome supporters Dan and Ray from Hammond Lumber installed a new aluminum bridge last weekend. The bridge is designed to be removed in late fall, to be reinstalled after spring flood waters recede. The crossing location is challenging for bridge design, with high spring flows, strong currents and ice. The last bridge was destroyed by these elements several years ago. We are confident the new crossing structure will provide many years of service!

We are grateful to our volunteers and to current landowners Sarah Oliver and Kate and Martin Coseo for working with us on this project.  If you enjoy the Connor Mill Trail and want to help care for it, please contact Susan!