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September 2016

Annual Meeting and Celebration

September 13, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Mark your calendar for our Annual Celebration to take place on Tuesday, September 13, at the Anderson West property in South Thomaston. The site for our members meeting this year is a key parcel to the vision of Bridging Two Rivers (the St. George and the Weskeag) by securing a vital wildlife habitat and creating a permanently protected land bridge between the two rivers that is a critical flyway for migratory birds. Without this flyway and the opportunity the conserve…

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Chainsaw Safety Workshop

September 24, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Free

Brush up your chainsaw skills at this workshop geared for both novices and more experienced loggers. It will be led by Ted Wright, who oversees the Northeast Master Logger Certification Program. After showing a safety and maintenance video, Ted will demonstrate cutting techniques. Protective gear and chainsaws will be available for those wishing to partake in the demonstration. Participants can bring their own chainsaws. In addition, Ted will provide a tree felling demonstration. Please wear long sleeves, long pants and…

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October 2016

Fisher Snowplow Factory Tour

October 6, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fisher Plow, 50 Gordon Drive
Rockland, 04841
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$35 - $45

A PRIVATE TOUR OF FISHER PLOW Fisher Snowplows, a local company started in 1948, is now one of several brands owned by Douglas Dynamics, LLC. (Ticker symbol PLOW on the NYSE) Rockland is home to one of Douglas’s four world class manufacturing plants. The hands down leader in the Snow and Ice Control industry, Fisher is the go-to brand for many commercial snow plowers, municipalities, and homeowners primarily throughout North America, but also around the world. Fisher is the largest…

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Bats!

October 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Free

Often misunderstood, bats are one of the most compelling and unique Maine mammals. Learn about their physiology to their behavior and hunting methods through echolocation. They are also among the most unique, playing an essential role in the ecology of our planet and saving US agriculture billions of dollars each year. With over 100 slides and a lively presentation, Kassler will open your eyes to the truth about bats and why you should care about them. She will also debunk…

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November 2016

WindowDressers for Langlais

November 16, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Volunteers needed for Langlais WindowDressers Community Build Georges River Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help construct energy conserving widow inserts for the Langlais Sculpture Preserve. We are reserving a Langlais build at WindowDressers for Wednesday November 16th from 8:30 to noon at the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland. WindowDressers is a nonprofit dedicated to helping Mainers reduce their energy costs with seasonal inserts that are an inexpensive alternative to window replacement. Their model of community builds helps to…

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December 2016

Tour of Swans Island Company

December 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Swans Island Company, 231 Atlantic Highway
Northport, ME 04849 United States
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$35 - $45

Since 1992, Swans Island Company has been producing naturally hand­dyed, handwoven blankets on the coast of Maine. Now located in a 1790’s farmhouse in Northport, Swans Island has grown to produce full lines of handcrafted yarns, handloomed blankets and throws, knit and woven accessories, and washable organic blankets. We are committed to producing textiles the way they should be made: with sustainably sourced fibers and timeless design, inspired by generations of craft traditions. Swans Island Company President Bill Laurita will…

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Home Auction – Click to read terms & conditions

December 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
582 River Road, 582 River Road
Cushing, ME 04563 United States
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10 AM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016 HOUSE AT 582 RIVER ROAD, CUSHING MUST BE MOVED Previews Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9am – 11 am and Dec. 3 at 9 – 10 am or by special appointment – call 594-5166 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF of this info. The Georges River Land Trust plans to construct a parking area and new entrance adjacent to the Langlais Sculpture Preserve. We hope this house can find a new family to take it home.…

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March 2017

Wine Tasting- To Be Rescheduled.

March 5, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$35 - $45

Join us to enjoy “l'heure bleue, a French wine tasting”, hosted by Georges River Land Trust, and co-sponsored by The Wine Seller in conjunction with Jack Scully of Easterly Wine. Spend Sunday afternoon, March 5, sipping fine French wines and enjoying accompanying charcuterie and hors d’oeuvres. Loyal French wine lovers and new oenophiles will be enlightened during this magical twilight hour event, which the French refer to as “l'heure bleue.” From 3:30-5:30 p.m., guests will enjoy tasting notes and the…

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Cell Phone Mapping and Navigation

March 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Georges River Land Trust, 8 N, Main St., Ste. 200
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Free

Stewardship Program Manager, Brent West, will lead a seminar on how to use google to explore maps and the Georges River Land Trust's Trail System. Please bring your smartphone and have Google Maps and Google Earth loaded onto your device. This is part of our free educational series of Walks & Talks. Registration is required, please call 207-594-5166 to sign up.

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April 2017

Wetlands: Wild and Wonderful

April 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anderson West – Riverview Hayfileds, St. George Rd.
S. Thomaston, ME 04858 United States
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Free

Dave Marceau, Soil and Wetland Scientist, will lead a walk on GRLT's Riverview Hayfields Preserve to showcase the varieties of wetlands, how they function and how we as land users affect their functions. This is part of our free educational series of Walks & Talks.

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Owls Head Stewardship Fundraiser – Ham & Bean Supper

April 29, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Owls Head Community Center, 224 Ash Point Drive
Owls Head, ME 04854 United States
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$5 - $10

The Town of Owls Head is the proud owner of the 9-acre coastal Plaisted Preserve and Georges River Land Trust holds the conservation easement on the property, ensuring it stays in conservation forever. Join us for a traditional ham and bean supper to raise funds for the long-term stewardship of this property. The conservation easement, monitored annually by the Land Trust, safeguards public accessibility while also protecting the environmental resources of the Plaisted Preserve in perpetuity. The Owls Head Conservation…

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May 2017

Timberdoodling: A Woodcock Walk

May 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trolley Marsh, 318-354 Oyster River Rd
Warren, ME 04864 United States
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Free

Join Georges River Land Trust at our Trolley Marsh Preserve to observe the breeding displays of the American Woodcock. Woodcock, also called Timberdoodle, display acrobatic flight and a singing call as part of their yearly breeding ritual. This is part of our free educational series of Walks & Talks.

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June 2017

For the Birds! Grassland Habitat Walk & Talk

June 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Finnish Congregational Church, 172 St. George Rd
South Thomaston, ME 04858 United States
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The threatened bobolink.

Come take a walk through a thriving bobolink habitat that was conserved last year with the help of our members! Loss of grassland habitat is a major factor in the steep population decline of grassland birds such as bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks, and savannah sparrows. Additionally, common field mowing practices often result in total nest failure of these birds. Consequently, the "State of the Birds Report," released by the US Secretary of the Interior, placed bobolinks on the 2014 watchlist of…

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Georges Highland Path Virtual Tour

June 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Georges River Land Trust invites the public to learn about the Georges Highland Path and the many benefits this trail system provides to surrounding communities, from supporting conservation values to enhancing overall quality of place for local communities within the 225 square mile Georges River watershed. Our new Trails Manager, John Anders, will take you on a guided virtual tour of the Georges Highland Path at 6:30 pm at the Rockland Public Library. The trail system includes 50 miles…

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Wednesday Walkers Hike

June 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thorndike Brook Trail, Hope St
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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Join fellow hikers every Wednesday, May until mid-November, and discover a new trail each week! The group is led by someone from each of 14 participating land trusts and organizations throughout the Midcoast area, from Brunswick to Camden. Hike name: Thorndike Brook Trail on Ragged Mountain Hike leader: John Anders, GRLT Trails Manager Length in miles: about 2 miles Difficulty: Easy start and then moderate climb Start time: 9 am Meeting place: Trailhead parking lot on Hope Street in West…

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July 2017

Medicinal Plant and Lyme Prevention Walk

July 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Appleton Preserve, St. George River @ Route 105
Appleton, ME United States
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Join Georges River Land Trust for a medicinal plant walk at the Appleton Preserve to identify and discuss native and invasive plants found in the midcoast. The walk will help people improve their confidence in identifying plants and how some common invasive plants have medicinal properties. With an increase in Lyme disease awareness and fear of ticks, we will also discuss ways to dress tick bites in the field with common medicinal plants as well as other ways to improve immune…

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Garden Tour Reception at Randall’s Hill Farm

July 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Randall’s Hill Farm Montville, ME 04941 United States + Google Map
$35

George and Karin Look invite you to their Randall’s Hill Farm in Montville for post-Garden Tour food and drink and a wonderful view of the northern reaches of the Georges River watershed. Guests will gather in the Look's restored 1814 barn for drinks and finger-food. Wander, if you wish, to their pond and through the youthful gardens, or just sit and relax in the timber-frame Folly or under a tree. Former private chef, Rene Veilleux, will prepare the food as…

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No Bees, No Berries

July 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The public is invited to take a walk through a productive blueberry barren on the edge of Sennebec Pond to explore the link between pollinators and Maine blueberry production. Francis Drummond, Professor of Insect Ecology and Insect Pest Management and Blueberry Extension Pollination Specialist, will join Georges River Land Trust on Friday, July 21st at 4 p.m. in Appleton to discuss wild blueberry production and the its link with pollination. Dr. Drummond’s research topics have included wild blueberry production, blueberry…

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Arctic Observations by Peter Ralston

July 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Strand, 345 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Free

Peter Ralston, noted photographer and co-founder of the Island Institute, took to the seas last summer for an epic adventure to Greenland and the heart of the Northwest Passage, a 900-mile sea route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. On Sunday July 30th, from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Peter will share his observations with his photographs as a backdrop on the screen. This event is being cosponsored by Georges River Land Trust and Herring Gut…

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August 2017

Wednesday Walkers Hike

August 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Canal Path, Ghent Road
Searsmont, ME 04973 United States
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Join fellow hikers every Wednesday, May until mid-November, and discover a new trail each week! The group is led by someone from each of 14 participating land trusts and organizations throughout the Midcoast area, from Brunswick to Camden. Hike name: Canal Path Hike leader: John Anders, GRLT Trails Manager Length in miles: About 3 miles Difficulty: Level and easy walk along the river Start time: 9 am Meeting place: The north trailhead is located on the Georges River in Searsmont.…

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Ash Point Preserve Opening to the Public

August 22, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The public is invited to join Georges River Land Trust for a short walk on the new Ash Point Preserve in Owls Head at 4 pm on Tuesday, August 22. Along the way, Brent West, Georges River Land Trust Stewardship Manager, will describe the management goals for the property. Visitors will enjoy a spectacular view of Penobscot Bay and Ash Island from the 2,140-foot granite shoreline. This new 34-acre preserve was originally protected in 1986 through a conservation easement. Now…

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30th Celebration Boat Trip and Annual Meeting

August 27, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, 84 Knox St.
Thomaston, ME 04861 United States
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Free - $40

Get out your boat togs and dancing shoes because it's time to celebrate our 30th Anniversary! Join us at the Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding boatyard in Thomaston for an afternoon gathering of friends, food, music, dancing, and a silent auction. Let's have some fun! Here's what we have planned: Cruising on the Laura B down the Georges River to see recently conserved lands and learn about local wildlife - limited spots available - $40 per person Bring your summer season delicacy for…

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September 2017

Langlais Sculpture Preserve Grand Opening

September 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Free

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing! We have been hard at work over the last five years to protect and conserve the legacy of Bernard "Blackie" Langlais at his home in Cushing. Through many generous partnerships, more than 12 outdoor, larger-than-life wooden sculptures have been professionally conserved, the house, barn, and studio have been repaired, and we've completed several energy efficiency upgrades. We have secured a safe and accessible parking area,…

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October 2017

Clarry Hill Watershed Divide Hike

October 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Clarry Hill, Elmer Hart Road
Union, ME United States
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Free

Join Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) and Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) for a hike on an MVLT trail on the blueberry lands of Clarry Hill in Union, which is the watershed divide between the Georges River and the Medomak River. The trail provides access to fields and forest and offers spectacular views of both watersheds and beyond. Hikers will meet at the Clarry Hill trailhead on Elmer Hart Road in Union. The trail is 2.5 miles out and back…

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Cider Pressing in Cushing

October 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Join us for the First Annual Langlais Sweet Cider Day! Pastor Chuck Orchards will be bringing the cider press and the know-how to make some delicious cider with our own organic Langlais apples. Bring your kids and your friends to sip some cider among the giant outdoor wooden sculptures at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing. There will be plenty of samples to try, and cider for purchase. Donations to support the Preserve are welcome!

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