Environment

Invitation to join focus group

The Wells Reserve, in collaboration with Clark University, is seeking participants for a focus group discussion addressing land use, water quality, and government programs. Participants must be 21 years or older and residents of York County. Qualified participants will take part in a 90-minute focus group discussion at the Wells Reserve moderated by Professor Robert Johnston from Clark University. Two focus groups are being held this summer: July 21 from 10:30 am to noon and August 19 from 1 to 2:30 pm. To volunteer to be part of a group, please call Kathryn Rosengren at 646-1555 ext 146.

Artist John Swan's work on display at St Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence-Portland 7/12 4-6p

Artist John Swan's work on display at St Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence-Portland    7/12 4-6p

Renowned Portland artist John Swan's works are usually on display in galleries in various parts of the world.

Marginal Way Preservation Fund Appoints Executive Director

OGUNQUIT, Maine – The Marginal Way Preservation Fund appointed Catherine Palmer Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, according to board president Paul Breen.

Hired in September 2010 as Development Director, Palmer was put in charge of annual giving, communications and planned giving programs for the 501(c)(3) public charity.

“Her efforts in creating our infrastructure and building public awareness of the need for a Marginal Way Endowment Fund have been outstanding,” Breen said.  "The board has full confidence that she can generate sufficient funds to preserve the Marginal Way for the next generation.  We certainly expect future devastating and damaging storms.”

The Marginal Way Preservation Fund was formed in 2010 with support from local business leaders.  Its mission is to create a protected set of funds, or Endowment, sufficient to generate interest revenue to meet the long-term financial needs of the Marginal Way. 

Clean Water for Clams

Clean Water for Clams

By Becky Kolak

If someone were to tell me a year ago that I would be dressed as a life sized clam to educate the public about the significance of clean water to the soft shelled clam, I would have called them crazy! However, as an AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and the Maine Conservation Corps (MCC), I am doing just that- donning a homemade clam get-up to promote ‘Clean water for clams.’

Since my term began I have met with municipal shellfish committees, facilitated an after school program at the Patton Free Library, collaborated with the ArtVan Program in Bath, preformed as the Clam Ham in a variety show, worked with state agencies to sample water around clams flats, and visited classrooms as a guest speaker. I am willing to deliver the message of ‘Clean water for clams’ anywhere!

As Maine’s third largest fishery, soft shelled clam harvesting is directly tied to the quality of water in which the clams grow and feed.

Maine Humanities Council offers In Defense of Nature: Rachel Carson and the World Around Us

WELLS, Maine – In Defense of Nature: Rachel Carson and the World Around Us, a one-day conference presented by the Maine Humanities Council, will take place on Friday, May 6, 2011, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Wells.

Rachel Carson, a biologist and naturalist, initially gained fame as the author of The Sea Around Us, a paean to the rhythms of the ocean and the life within it that captured the popular imagination in 1951. When a friend described the death of birds on her property after it was sprayed with pesticides, however, Carson spent years researching and writing her eloquent and decidedly confrontational work Silent Spring.

Food sustainability is topic for EcoDay keynote

Food sustainability is topic for EcoDay keynote

In the Wells Reserve EcoDay keynote, Dr. John E. Carroll, professor of natural resources at the University of New Hamsphire, will address food sustainability for New England. What is the future of local food? Is Maine on your dinner plate? Do you know your farmer?

Dr. Carroll is scheduled to speak at 10:15 am. The presentation is sponsored by the Garden Club Federation of Maine.

Dr. John Carroll studies New England’s capability of feeding itself. His research is focused on increasing the quantity of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and grain that are produced for local consumption, and improving the infrastructure needed to accomplish that goal. Carroll received his Ph.D. in resource development from Michigan State University in 1974 and holds geography degrees from Western Michigan University and Louisiana Tech University.

Tree Identification walk up Mt. Agamenticus

Why not Join Us for a celebratory End of Winter Tree Identification walk up Mt. Agamenticus?  Next Saturday, March 19th 2011 at 10:00am

Leafless But Far From Lifeless!  Dig out your hand lens if you have one and join Dendrologist Eileen Willard for a winter stroll up Mt. Agamenticus and a close examination of trees. Eileen will offer many methods for identifying tree species by looking at bark, buds, and growth habits.

Please register in advance.

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 10:00 am (Foul weather date March 26th)

Duration: 2 Hours

Contact Info:  Call 207-646-3604 or Email: info@gwrlt.org to reserve your spot

This is a Gateway to Maine Outdoors event. Visit gatewaytomaineoutside.org for more listings.

In the Spirit of Earth Day, we are teaming up with Geocachers and co-hosting a CITO (cache in, trash out) Event at Mt.