Native And Invasive Aquatic Plants
Wednesday July 12
John McPhedran of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will join the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust on July 12 to discuss native and invasive aquatic plants.
No one has their eye on aquatic plant communities like McPhedran. As the DEP’s Invasive Unit Leader, he has spent a career investigating threats to aquatic ecosystems and educating citizens on how to stop or limit the spread of aquatic invasive species. McPhedran’s engaging and interactive presentation will include samples of native plants and invasives. A slide presentation and hands-on workshop will help everyday paddlers identify and be able to weed out unwelcome aquatic invasives.
This event pairs well with another upcoming SRLT event. A community paddle scheduled for July 22 at the Stetson Preserve will have aquascopes on hand to help participants view aquatic plants and the rich natural ecosystems in which they thrive. Sign-up for the paddle is requested. Details below.
The programs are open to the public. A $5.00 donation is suggested. They take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at 93 Main Coffee Shop, 93 Main St., Unity. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 948-3766.
Paddle and Aquatic Plant I.D. on July 22.
Have you ever viewed underwater plants through an aqua scope?
Now’s your chance during this leisurely paddle on Pleasant Lake in Stetson on Saturday, July 22. Aquascopes eliminate surface glare and reveal the world of undulating aquatic flora.
Easy ways to identify plants will be explained by Mark Whiting, a trained botanist. Whiting worked for the Department of Environmental Protection for 23 years and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District.
A lunchtime break and aquatic “show and tell” will be held on Pleasant Lake Preserve. A 100-acre wooded peninsula jutting into the lake, Pleasant Lake Preserve was donated to the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust by Ken Hewitt to assure permanent public access.
Registration is required for this free paddle event. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information or to register, please email email@example.com or call 207-948-3766. We will meet at the boat ramp on Route 143 in Stetson and plan to be on the water at 9:30 am and off the water by 2:00 pm. Please bring a bagged lunch, something to drink and bug repellant.
We will be putting in at the Public Boat Launch. Directions to the boat ramp: From Interstate 95 Exit 167 (for Etna), drive north on Route 143 for approximately 7 miles. (Stetson Shores Campground sign is 1.1 miles before the put in. The sign for SRLT’s Pleasant Lake Preserve is .3 miles before the put in). The “Public Boat Launch” road, marked with a red street sign, will be on your right. If you reach the railroad tracks, you have gone too far.
The rain date is Sunday, July 23.
Speaker series continued to be fun at 93 Main Coffee Shop. Thank you Avian Haven for all that you do and Laura was great !
Want to say to all those within the reach of this post that Avian Haven does amazing work and if you go to their website through the link above you can find out how to help them.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust.
There 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 mail (P.O. Box 184, Unity, ME 04988).
SRLT Volunteer Interest Form