KLT to honor land donors at annual meeting

Fayette - Kennebec Land Trust will honor four land donors at its 28th annual meeting set for Sunday, Aug. 21, at Camp Winnebago on Echo Lake.

The meeting starts with KLT's popular Tri-Sport Challenge, and the annual gathering will feature photography and fern workshops, a potluck lunch and cookout, and recognition of KLT land donors. 

Donors to be recognized are:

• Barbra Crowley and John Orestis will be recognized for Orestis-Crowley addition to the Echo Lake III Watershed Preserve in Fayette. The land features a hardwood and conifer woodland with several old growth trees and forested wetlands that are part of a vernal pool complex. The Echo III Preserve protects important wildlife habitat and the water quality of Echo Lake.

• Dorothy Washburne for the Joseph R. and Dorothy M. Donohoe Preserve Conservation Easement in South Gardiner. Located off the Marston Road in South Gardiner this, 12-acre conservation easement features mixed woodlands and wetlands and approximately 700 feet of undeveloped shoreline on beautiful Rolling Dam Brook. The Preserve also shares a boundary with the 17-acre KLT Rolling Dam Brook Preserve. These two conservation properties protect important wildlife habitat and water quality of Rolling Dam Brook.

• Bequest of William Granville Besse for the William Granville Besse addition to the Besse Historic Conservation Area in Wayne. A conservation gift from the estate of William (Bill) Granville Besse leveraged a 10-acre addition of land to the now 65-acre Besse Historic Conservation Area. This land features mature mixed woodlands, wetlands and nearly fifteen hundred feet along an intermittent stream. Besse's ancestors, Jabez and Patience Perry Besse, first settled on this land in 1788.

• David Lawrence for the Lawrence Parcel in Rolling Dam Brook Preserve, South Gardiner. The Rolling Dam Brook Preserve is a gift from David Lawrence of17 acres of wetlands with 1600 feet of undeveloped shoreline along the east side of the Brook in South Gardiner. This donation is complemented by the granting of a conservation easement by Dorothy Washburne over an adjacent 12 acres that incorporates wetlands and uplands on the west side. Together these donations will conserve 29 acres in the upper reaches of historic Rolling Dam Brook.

FMI, register: 207-377-2848, www.tklt.org/annual-meeting/.