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We are working on updating Forest Management Plans at four of our properties through funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. A recent exploration of relatively undisturbed floodplain forest at Moulton’s Mill Preserve across Twenty-five Mile Stream with Jon Doty of Two Trees Forestry highlighted the rich diversity in the number of tree and other plant species present. Hophornbeam, American basswood, bur oak, red oak, large black cherry trees, large pine, silver maple, blue beak (aka American hornbeam), lots of green ash were among the tree species. Ferns included cinnamon fern, sensitive fern, royal fern and several others, and low growing wildflowers included Canada mayflower, starflower, trillium, and meadow rue. Jon reports that the formerly cutover acreage adjacent to the floodplain forest habitat (prior to SRLT ownership) is regenerating very well with diverse species growing in. Emphasis for stewardship activities here will be on managing invasive honeysuckle and enhancing public accessPhoto by Cheryl Daigle

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!

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Thank you to our volunteer crews for helping to plant trees and shrubs at the Rines Preserve and clear trails of downed trees at the Freedom Forest Preserve (above). We will focus upcoming workdays on clearing trails and removing invasive plants at Richardson Memorial Preserve and Moulton's Mill. Hopefully you can join us in the future - it’s hard work but fun and always good to be outdoors! Learn more about volunteering.

Our next work day is Sunday, July 14, at Connor Mill Trail in Unity - we will be clearing trails, realigning a bridge moved during recent storms, and removing invasive honeysuckle to enhance access to this beautiful trail system.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Wednesday, July 24

6 pm - 7:30 pm 

Cultivating Maine’s Agricultural Future: How Towns Can Protect Farmland & Support Farmers

Newport Cultural Center

Join SRLT and Thacher Carter, Municipal Policy Associate with Maine Farmland Trust (MFT), for a presentation and discussion about what action steps town governments in Maine can take to protect farmland and support farmers.

 

 

Sunday, August 18

10 am - 1:30 pm 

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Sebasticook River Paddle in Pittsfield

Peltoma Bridge Boat Landing

Explore a beautiful section of the mainstem Sebasticook River in Pittsfield by canoe or kayak, a relaxing trip with opportunities for birdwatching and looking for signs of other wildlife along the way. Followed by gathering at Outland Farm Brewery.

 

Volunteer Work Days are typically held on the Last Sunday of the Month

(locations vary) with the exception of holiday weekends.

SUNDAY, JULY 14

Connor Mill Trail

All of our programs are open to the public.  For a list of 2024 speaker series programs, field trips and other events click here or contact info@sebasticookrlt.org or 948-3766 for more information.  

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