Preserve Dedication this Sunday in Unity

Kanokolus Bog Preserve on Route 9 (Albion Road) in Unity.  1 PM Sunday, Oct. 19.IMG_7020adjweb

Join us in celebration of this tremendous property generously donated by the Packard Family of Unity.  After a brief dedication ceremony and refreshments there will be a guided walk along Cob’s Way, the woodland trail named in honor of Crosby Packard, with forester Dylan Dillaway and executive director Jennifer Irving.  The preserve is located on the Albion Road 3.6 miles south of Unity village. In case of inclement weather, status updates will be posted here, at 948-3766, and on our Facebook page.

Annual Supporters Gathering

November 1 is Sebasticook Regional Land Trust’s biggest night of the year – the Local Foods Feast sponsored by Johnny’s Selected Seeds returns, we host a screening of DamNation, and we invite all our supporters to participate in our “business meeting”.  Dinner at 6, film at 7:30 at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Depot Street in Unity.  (See the post below for more information.)

This year’s business portion of the evening  will again be brief, but it is important!   We welcome two new members to the Board of Directors, recognize the 2014 Volunteer of the Year, and present Bylaw changes for approval.   Review the proposed changes:  Nov2014 Bylaw Amendments.  Full agenda and online ticket sales soon!

 

Local Foods Feast Returns

Local food and lots of it is again on tap for this year’s annual Local Foods Feast on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts.  Caterer Melissa Bastien returns and promises to shake up the menu fdamnation posteror SRLT’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!  After dinner we’ll have a showing of the new documentary film DamNation.

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.  Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream.  Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds after decades without access.  DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams (including in Maine), but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.  Click on the picture to watch the film trailer.

Dinner served at 6 followed by the film at 7:30.  Dinner and film, $25; film alone, $10.  Reserve tickets at 948-3766 or jennifer@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.