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July 2017

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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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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Sunchoke Soup Making at Langlais

October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Join us for an afternoon of making delicious autumn soup from the sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) that grow on the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing. We will have some sunchokes ready to begin cooking with, and will also teach you how to successfully remove these from your garden. And of course, we'll enjoy the soup hot off the stove together!

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Chainsaw Safety Workshop

October 29, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Robbins Lumber Co., Ghent Road
Searsmont, ME 04973 United States
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The public is invited to participate in a free chainsaw skills workshop geared for both novices and more experienced operators. The workshop will take place on Sunday, October 29 from 9 am to 2 pm at Robbins Lumber Forestry office in Searsmont. The workshop will be led by Ted Wright who oversees the Northeast Master Logger Certification Program, and Brent West, GRLT Stewardship Program Manager. Chainsaw maintenance, safety, proper bucking and felling techniques will be demonstrated. Protective gear and chainsaws…

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November 2017

Hike to Mt. Pleasant Summit

November 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join our Trails Manager, John Anders, for a 2-mile hike to the summit of Mt. Pleasant. The Mt. Pleasant portion of the Georges Highland Path (our 50-mile trail system) winds it's way through a mixed forest, wild blueberry fields, and ends up with a wonderful view. All ages welcome on this hike; it is moderate to strenuous in sections. Bring a lunch, wear your hunter orange, and enjoy the view! Use your GPS to find the parking at 421 Mt.…

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Historic Lighthouse Keeper Stories

November 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to enjoy Ernest DeRaps' presentation of his years as lighthouse keeper in Penobscot Bay. During the 1950's, he and his family were stationed at Monhegan Island, Fort Point, Browns Head and Heron Neck. Ernest and his wife Pauline have written a journal depicting their lifestyle of light keeping from both the lightkeeper and the lightkeeper's wife's perspective. Join us on Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing.…

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January 2018

Clams and Mudflats Research

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Watts Hall, 174 Main St
Thomaston, ME 04861 United States
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Commercial and recreational clammers have a vested interest in the hands-on research of Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology and Director of the Marine Field Station at U. Maine Machias. On Thursday, January 11 at 7 pm in Watts Hall, Thomaston, Brian will report on the contents of 30 clam "recruitment" boxes that were placed on mudflats of the Weskeag and Georges Rivers in 2017. Fifteen boxes were on mudflats under conservation by the Georges River Land Trust, and…

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Weskeag Marsh – A Conservation Story

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME United States
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Join Mid-Coast Audubon board member, birder, photographer and Free Press columnist Don Reimer for a colorful photographic tour of Weskeag Marsh’s varied habitats and rich assortment of bird and animal life. After a decade of volunteering with the annual International Shorebird Surveys, Don will discuss Weskeag’s vital role in seasonal shorebird migration, and the fostering conservation work of Georges River Land Trust’s Bridging Two Rivers project. The talk will be held in the Picker Room at the Camden Library starting…

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Guided Snowshoe Adventure

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Trolley Marsh, 318-354 Oyster River Rd
Warren, ME 04864 United States
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Bring your snowshoes or skis and join our Trails Manager, John Anders, for a 2-mile guided adventure to the banks of the St. George River! Meet at the Trolley Marsh Preserve parking lot on Route 131 in Warren for a one mile in and one mile back treck. Dress for the weather and bring a snack and hot beverage for when we get back to the parking lot.

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March 2018

Aldo Leopold Film Screening

March 2 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St.
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The words Aldo Leopold wrote in 1948 still strike a note today: “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.” These words are the start of Leopold’s famous book, A Sand County Almanac, one of the best-loved conservation classics of all time. Aldo Leopold’s land ethic continues to spread across the country thanks to the continued momentum of the annual Aldo Leopold Weekend celebration, an event where readings from A Sand County Almanac often take…

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The Future of our Ocean, Lands and Lobstering

March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Farnsworth Museum, 16 Museum St.
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Georges River Land Trust welcomes David Cousens, retired leader of Maine Lobstermen's Association, speaking on how connected our actions on land are to the ocean effecting not only the lobster industry but the health of our planet. A timely and important message from a leader in our coastal community who understands the direct impact of how we preserve and protect our local landscape and resources. Cousens, whose three sons are lobstermen, takes a long view of the lobstering industry. His…

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April 2018

Coastal Cleanup for Earth Day

April 21 - April 22

Bring your gloves and buckets, kids and friends and join us to clean up our coastal zone! Our local cleanups will be happening during a global effort to care for our planet. To learn more, visit https://www.earthday.org. Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am-12:00 pm - Rockland. GRLT and the Rockland Harbor Trail will co-host a clean up of Rockland's waterfront, followed by a program on microplastics in the ocean and a barbeque.  Starting at 9 am, the public is invited to meet at Maine…

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Apple Pruning Workshop

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Georges River Land Trust will host a pruning workshop at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing on Saturday, April 28th from 10 am until noon. Two local experts, Liz Stanley of Cooperative Extension, and Bill Long of Long Landscaping and board member of Georges River Land Trust, will demonstrate fruit tree pruning techniques designed to produce blossoms and luscious fruits. There is no charge for the workshop, but space is limited, so registration is required by calling Georges River Land…

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May 2018

Spring Warbler Walk

May 22 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Pleasant Point Nature Preserve Cushing, ME 04563 United States + Google Map
Free

Join John Weinrich and Dennis McKenna of Mid-Coast Audubon at the Pleasant Point Nature Preserve in Cushing to seek out migratory birds, particularly warblers. Warblers are small, colorful songbirds that often use the coastal peninsulas in Maine as foraging stops during migration. This makes the Pleasant Point Nature Preserve the perfect place to listen for their distinctive songs and watch for their bright flashes of color. Beginners and children are welcome, and attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars and dress…

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June 2018

National Trails Day Hike

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Georges River Land Trust and Midcoast Conservancy are teaming up on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 2, to meet at the summit of Hogback Mountain in Montville. You will have the choice of two routes to take you to the summit where the two groups will meet for a picnic with a view! If you've only hiked up one side before, we encourage you to take the trail from the other side. Both groups will meet at 10 am at…

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July 2018

Paddle the Georges River

July 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
2383 Western Road, Warren, ME 04864 Warren, 04864 United States + Google Map
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Join us for a boating adventure on the middle section of the Georges River. We will lead canoeists and kayakers on an exploration of the extraordinary and undeveloped portion of the river south from White Oak Pond in Warren to the Middle Road bridge and back. The water here is calm and the shoreline is close enough to offer opportunities for diverse wildlife sightings. It is not uncommon to see eagles, turtles, herons, and sometimes beavers! We will meet on…

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Public Access Land Use Forum

July 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Finnish Congregational Church, 172 St. George Rd
South Thomaston, ME 04858 United States
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Georges River Land Trust will host a public forum at the Finnish Church in South Thomaston on Saturday, July 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 am to discuss its on-going land conservation efforts to preserve open farm fields along Route 131 just south of the railroad tracks, and to introduce plans for a new trail that will enable visitors to get out and enjoy this incredible landscape. The public is invited to provide comments on the proposed “Bobolink Trail” which features…

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August 2018

Wheeler Bay Shore Walk

August 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Scraggle Point Road

Join us at the Wheeler Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for a shoreline walk to learn about bird phenology with wildlife biologist Ron Joseph. We will meet at Scraggle Point Road, Spruce Head, at 1030 am. From the turn off on Clark Island Road, go about .6 miles and park on the side of Scraggle Point Road. This walk will have uneven footing on rough woods trails and along the potentially wet marshy shore. We recommend you wear rubber boots or appropriate…

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September 2018

Invasive Plants Walk

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Fort Point, Wiley's Corner Road
St. George, ME 04860 United States
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Join Georges River Land Trust and the St. George Conservation Commission for a walk on the Fort Point Trail in St. George to identify and discuss native and invasive plants found in the midcoast. The walk will help people improve their confidence in identifying the most common and emerging invasive plants and recommendations on how to remove and dispose of them. Our trip leader will be Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist with the Maine Natural Areas Program in the Maine…

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Saving our Apple Heritage

September 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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Join us for a presentation by John Bunker on his mission to save Maine's apple heritage. Bunker is known in Maine as “The Apple Whisperer,” or simply “The Apple Guy,” and, after laboring for years in semi-obscurity, he has never been in more demand. Through the catalog of Fedco Trees, a mail-order company he founded in Maine 30 years ago, Bunker has sown the seeds of a grassroots apple revolution. Fedco Trees every year takes a selection of rare heirloom…

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Sweet Cider Pressing Day

September 29 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Rd
Cushing, 04563
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For the second year, we are hosting Langlais Sweet Cider Day! Charles Waite Maclin, also known as Pastor Chuck of Pastor Chuck's organic apple products, will be bringing his small cider press and the know-how to create some delicious cider with our own organic Langlais apples. Pastor Chuck's dream is to create the best applesauce and apple butter in the world, originated in his own family's kitchen in Cushing. He also works with the Cushing Community School and their Green…

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November 2018

Forestry Interpretive Trail Grand Opening

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Appleton Preserve, St. George River @ Route 105
Appleton, ME United States
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Join the Georges River Land Trust for an easy walk on the new forestry interpretive trail at the 124-acre Appleton Preserve in Appleton. The tour, led by Jim L. Robbins, retired President of Robbins Lumber Company and former Land Trust Board President, will start at 1 pm on Sunday, November 4. The rain date for this event is Sunday, November 11. This event is the third opportunity for the public to experience a guided tour of the demonstration timber harvest…

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