Cynergy Maine: Behind The Scenes with Kennebec Land Trust
Sep
4
5:30 PM17:30

Cynergy Maine: Behind The Scenes with Kennebec Land Trust

Cynergy, Kennebec Valley’s Young Professional Network, and the Kennebec Land Trust invite you to visit the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary and Cabins in West Gardiner on Wednesday, September 4 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Join us to learn about land conservation and stewardship, trail building, and the historic cabins on Cobbossee Stream, and meet the KLT staff.

Please pre-register with the Cynergy group. This event is free.

The Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary is 115 acres and features historic cabins and 4,000 feet of frontage on Cobbossee Stream in West Gardiner. Two of the cabins were restored by the Maine Cabin Masters in 2018 and featured in Season 3 of their DIY Network show. Currently, the KLT Stewardship team is constructing a new trail on the property.

Please be aware that parking is limited and we encourage carpooling. The cabins are a short walk through the woods from the parking area; please bring bug spray and wear suitable shoes. The historic cabins are accessed by several steps. The cabins are solar-powered and feature composting toilets.

Pre-registration is required for this event! Click the link above to register.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
If you are heading west on the Hallowell Litchfield Road, Wakefield Lane is located about one mile west of the intersection of the Hallowell Litchfield Road and High Street. If you are traveling east, Wakefield Lane is about one mile east of Neck Road in Litchfield, shortly after the bridge over Cobbossee Stream.

Turn north on Wakefield Lane, continue past the private residence on the left, and look for a small parking area on the right. Do not block the gate, driveway, or garage. A volunteer will direct you where to park.

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Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

Readfield Historical Society: History Walk #54

Readfield Town Farm & Forest and the KLT Macdonald Woods

The Kennebec Land Trust is co-sponsoring this History Walk with the Readfield Historical Society. Since we did the very first history walk at the Readfield Town Farm and Forest in October 2012 three more have been done at that same location, because there has been so much interest. We will start at the North Wayne entrance at 10am and plan to wrap up by noon. In addition to Readfield Town Farm and Forest we will stop at the Huntoon Cemetery - years ago referred to as the "Poor Farm Cemetery". Howard Lake from the Kennebec Land Trust will join us to "show and tell" about the adjoining Macdonald Woods that includes an ancient mill site. He will also show ways one can "read the woods" that have evolved from farmland to forest. Members of the Readfield Conservation Commission will join us to share plans for the next timber harvest and other aspects of their management plans of the Town Forest. Dale Potter-Clark will share what she has learned about this Poor Farm when writing her latest book about Readfield's poor farms and paupers of long ago - including some of the photos she unearthed in the process. Last but not least Bill Adams will have morsels to share about other farms in the area that he has been researching on Town Farm Road and West Road. No doubt there will also be some bird call identifications along the way as we will have a couple of avid "birders" with us. All in all you will learn a lot "on the hoof" as we make our way along on this history walk so be sure so mark your calendars! No fee or registration necessary.

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Surry Hill Walk
Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

Surry Hill Walk

Our newest conservation project is purchasing and permanently conserving 330 contiguous acres in Fayette, including the top of 600-foot Surry Hill.

Join us this summer to walk the land and take in the views.

This land features over 250 acres of secondary forestland, streams flowing into Echo Lake, Hales Pond, Pocasset Lake, and Lovejoy Pond, valuable wetlands, and phenomenal scenic views. The expansive landscape protects wildlife habitat and water quality; provides many recreational opportunities, including hiking, snowmobiling, hunting, mountain biking, and nature observation; and with many acres of regenerating forestland, will help mitigate climate change. We plan to maintain approximately fifteen acres as open fields to preserve scenic views of the White Mountains and nearby hills, lakes, and woodlands. The fields and surrounding wetlands and forestland also offer tasty blueberries for hikers and habitat for pollinators, ground-nesting birds, and resident and migratory raptors.

At this time, there is no formal trail system. There is a logging road to the summit.

Free and open to all, no pre-registration necessary. Meet at the south end of Tom Surrey Road in Fayette.

Directions: From Route 17 in Fayette, turn south on Tom Surrey Road (google maps calls this Pine Needle Alley), directly opposite the Fayette Central School. Travel about a half mile. Park in the pull off on the right-hand side opposite the last house on the left. Do not continue straight on the road, it is not suitable for motor vehicles.

Photo: Jane Davis

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Howard Hill Historical Park Property Dedication
Oct
10
4:00 PM16:00

Howard Hill Historical Park Property Dedication

Join KLT, the City of Augusta, and friends to celebrate this historical park in Maine’s capital.  We will gather at the overlook to celebrate this historic milestone for Augusta and explore the new trails with KLT’s Stewardship Director and members of Augusta’s Conservation Commission. No registration necessary, please call KLT for more information, 207-377-2848.

 

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KLT 30th Anniversary Art Show at The Harlow
Oct
25
5:00 PM17:00

KLT 30th Anniversary Art Show at The Harlow

 

KLT is honored to announce that in celebration of its 30th Anniversary, an exhibition will be held from October 25 through November 30, 2019 at The Harlow in Hallowell. The title of the show is Art and the Land.

Submissions of art inspired by or depicting natural areas conserved by KLT and their flora and fauna are encouraged. All media welcome, including but not limited to sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Visit www.harlowgallery.org for more information.

Please save the date for the Friday, October 25, 2019 Opening Reception at The Harlow!

Painting by Judy Schuppien 

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Paddle Little Cobbossee & Visit the Oatway Preserve
Aug
12
5:30 PM17:30

Paddle Little Cobbossee & Visit the Oatway Preserve

Join the Kennebec Land Trust and the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed to paddle Little Cobbossee and visit the Oatway Preserve in Winthrop. We will meet Monday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Friends of Cobbossee Watershed office on Route 202 (across from the Lakeside Motel).

Today, Little Cobbossee is about 75 acres with a maximum depth of 33 feet. The pond was smaller in the mid–1700’s, before Cobbossee Stream was dammed. The Oatway Preserve features 34 acres of wetlands, 4,000 feet of shoreline with significant wading bird and waterfowl habitat, and 56 acres of mixed woods.

Please pre-register by calling the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed office at (207) 395-5239 or email toni@watershedfriends.com by Thursday, August 8. Space is limited. Optional opportunity to participate in an aquatic plant identification workshop prior to our paddle, at 4 p.m. Learn about invasive aquatic plants and what you can do to help stop their spread. Let us know if you’d like to participate in both events.   

Please plan on bringing your own kayak or canoe and PFD. If you do not have a kayak or canoe available, let us know, we may be able to direct you to rentals.

Directions:Meet at the Friends of Cobbossee Watershed office on the northside of Route 202 in Winthrop (2518 US Route 202). The office is located opposite the Lakeside Motel, on the shores of Little Cobbossee just north of Cobbosseecontee.

 Photo: Little Cobbossee and Oatway Preserve, by Jane Davis.  

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Surry Hill Photography Walk
Aug
6
5:30 PM17:30

Surry Hill Photography Walk

Our newest conservation project is purchasing and permanently conserving 330 contiguous acres in Fayette, including the top of 600-foot Surry Hill.

Join us this summer for a photography walk with local photographer, Phil Downes, and KLT staff. Bring your camera, or just yourself if you prefer to only walk.

This land features over 250 acres of secondary forestland, streams flowing into Echo Lake, Hales Pond, Pocasset Lake, and Lovejoy Pond, valuable wetlands, and phenomenal scenic views. We plan to maintain approximately fifteen acres as open fields to preserve scenic views of the White Mountains and nearby hills, lakes, and woodlands.

At this time, there is no formal trail system. There is a logging road to the summit.

Free and open to all, no pre-registration necessary. Meet at the south end of Tom Surrey Road in Fayette.

Directions: From Route 17 in Fayette, turn south on Tom Surrey Road (google maps calls this Pine Needle Alley), directly opposite the Fayette Central School. Travel about a half mile. Park in the pull off on the right-hand side opposite the last house on the left. Do not continue straight on the road, it is not suitable for motor vehicles.

Photo: Jane Davis

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Plein-Air Painting
Jul
16
3:00 PM15:00

Plein-Air Painting

Artist Judith Schuppien will lead participants in a plein-air painting workshop at the Eastern River Preserve in Pittston. KLT will host a 30th Anniversary Art Exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in October. Please bring supplies.  Please PREREGISTER by calling the KLT office, 207-377-2848, or emailing: KBrewer@tklt.org

 

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Surry Hill Walk
Jul
11
9:30 AM09:30

Surry Hill Walk

Our newest conservation project is purchasing and permanently conserving 330 contiguous acres in Fayette, including the top of 600-foot Surry Hill.

Join us this summer to walk the land and take in the views.

This land features over 250 acres of secondary forestland, streams flowing into Echo Lake, Hales Pond, Pocasset Lake, and Lovejoy Pond, valuable wetlands, and phenomenal scenic views. The expansive landscape protects wildlife habitat and water quality; provides many recreational opportunities, including hiking, snowmobiling, hunting, mountain biking, and nature observation; and with many acres of regenerating forestland, will help mitigate climate change. We plan to maintain approximately fifteen acres as open fields to preserve scenic views of the White Mountains and nearby hills, lakes, and woodlands. The fields and surrounding wetlands and forestland also offer tasty blueberries for hikers and habitat for pollinators, ground-nesting birds, and resident and migratory raptors.

At this time, there is no formal trail system. There is a logging road to the summit.

Free and open to all, no pre-registration necessary. Meet at the south end of Tom Surrey Road in Fayette. Please call KLT with any questions, 207-377-2848.

Please be aware that the ticks are particularly bad this season-it’s been very wet! Bring bug spray, wear long pants, and take any other precautions you need to protect yourself.


Directions:
From Route 17 in Fayette, turn south on Tom Surrey Road (google maps calls this Pine Needle Alley), directly opposite the Fayette Central School. Travel south about a half mile. Park in the turnaround on the right-hand (west) side of the Tom Surrey Road opposite the last house. Do not continue on the dirt road, it is not suitable for motor vehicles.

Photo: Theresa Kerchner

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Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

Property Pedal Tour, Bike Ride with the Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club

Join the Kennebec Land Trust and Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club for a tour highlighting a number of our most scenic properties in the West Gardiner Area. There will be two options, with shorter and longer distances. Both distances will be no-drop rides suitable for all abilities.

Meet at 9 AM at the West Gardiner Elementary School. There will be two routes, 17 miles or 36 miles.

Please call our office. with any questions 207-377-2848.

For more information visit the KVBC website, postedroads.blogspot.com/

 

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Maine Entomological Society Field Day-Lyceum Program
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Maine Entomological Society Field Day-Lyceum Program

Join us on June 1st at the Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area in Manchester to explore this property and help to expand KLT's knowledge of the insect fauna of this property, which was acquired in 2011. With 29 acres of wetlands and vernal pools, mixed woods, 2765 feet of stream frontage and 1600 feet of undeveloped shoreline on Hutchinson Pond, there's a lot to explore!

Bring your bug repellent, collecting gear, lunch, drinks, and anything else you may need for the day. The main trail from the parking lot to Hutchinson Pond is 1⁄2 mile long and is an easy walk. There are five vernal pools, three of which are considered of particular importance as they host breeding populations of wood frogs and spotted salamanders.

We'll gather at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot on Benson Road. To get here, take the U.S. Route 202 exit from I-95 and go westwards, towards Manchester. You'll pass all the various Augusta auto sales lots (Charlie's, etc.) and rise up a hill, then drop down into Manchester. At the 2nd light, turn left onto the Pond Road. Go 3.5 miles on this, and then turn left onto Collins Road. Take the first right onto Benson Road, and go ~0.9 miles. The parking lot will be on the left.

Please contact KLT with any questions, 207-377-2848, or KBrewer@tklt.org

For more information about the Maine Entomological Society and their calendar events, visit their site.

Photo: Norm Rodrigue

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Life along a Maine Stream
May
9
5:00 PM17:00

Life along a Maine Stream

This our first Lyceum Field Trip. David Courtemanch and Tom Danielson, biologists, will lead a walk to explore aquatic insects at the Reynolds Forest in Sidney. Streams provide an important microhabitat in the landscape. Our trip along Goff Brook will focus on life in and around the water. Bring binoculars and boots. No registration necessary, please call KLT with any questions, 207- 377-2848.

Water has receded quite a bit, but trails are still muddy in places. Wear boots, particularly if you would like to explore the stream. Also be tick aware and dress accordingly.

Photo: Zach Harder

 

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Eastern River Preserve Property Dedication
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Eastern River Preserve Property Dedication

**We plan to hold this event unless there is very heavy rain or thunderstorms in the forecast. Our rain date is Sunday, April 28 at 1 PM. Please check back here for updates or on our KLT facebook page.**

On December 4 2018, Pittston residents Judy Schuppien and Phil Brzozowski, donated the 22-acre Eastern River Preserve to the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT). KLT’s newest conservation property, the first in the town of Pittston, features over 3,000 feet of frontage on the Eastern River. A 14 mile-long tributary of the Kennebec River, the Eastern River starts in East Pittston at the confluence of its west and east branches, and flows southwest past the historic village of Dresden Mills into the Kennebec River.

Join KLT, the land donors, and friends during Earth Week to celebrate our newest conservation property.

Directions and Public Access: From Route 27 in Pittston, head east on the Kelley Road. Travel for  2.4 miles, then turn right onto the Blodgett Road. Follow the Blodgett Road south for almost two miles.  Turn left into a small parking area.  Look for the wooden KLT property sign and registration box.

 

Photo: Andrew Tufts

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Maine Insects: Ecology & Conservation
Mar
14
to Mar 28

Maine Insects: Ecology & Conservation

**Due to unforeseen circumstances, our previously announced Lyceum speaker is unable to attend. In his place, Dr. Philip deMaynadier of the Maine Department of Inland Fish & Wildlife will be giving a talk entitled: “Maine’s Rare and Endangered Invertebrates: Conserving the Little Things that Matter”, tonight Thursday, March 14.

See you at 7 pm at the Ladd Center in Wayne!**

Our 17th Annual Lyceum Lecture Series starts on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. Hamish Grieg, of the University of Maine, will speak on Maine Aquatic Insects: Ecology, Habitats, & Conservation.

On Thursday, March 21, Charlene Donahue, president of the Maine Entomological Society, will speak on Terrestrial Insects: Conservation, Ecology, & Threats.

On Thursday March 28, Roger Mittmaster, Maine Master Naturalist, will speak on Interactions Among Plants & Insects- The Complex Web They Weave.

All lectures start at 7 p.m. and are located at the Ladd Recreation Center in Wayne, Maine.

KLT's annual Lyceum is supported by Lincoln and Gloria Ladd and sponsored by the Maine Entomological Society.

Photo: Baltimore checkerspot on turtlehead. Roger Rittmaster.

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Maine Entomological Society Field Day
Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

Maine Entomological Society Field Day

This is our second Lyceum Field Day this season. The Maine Entomological Society is a sponsor of the 2019 Lyceum.

Join the Maine Entomological Society to explore the world of insects at Hutchinson Pond. Newcomers and more experienced entomologists alike are invited to come and learn about insect identification in this ecologically diverse conservation area. No registration necessary, please call KLT with any questions 207-377-2848.

 Photo: Norm Rodrigue

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Maine Cabin Masters Watch Party
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Maine Cabin Masters Watch Party

This past fall, KLT renovated two historic cabins at the Trust’s Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary in West Gardiner. We are thrilled to announce that we were selected by and contracted with Maine Cabin Masters for the renovations. Kennebec Land Trust’s Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary and our newly restored cabins will be featured on an episode of Cabin Masters on the DIY Channel, airing on February 25. 

 When landowner Kendra Wakefield Shaw donated her 115-acre family property on Cobbossee Stream to KLT, the bequest included a small fund for the maintenance of her family’s 100 year old cabins. KLT’s cabins will be available to the general public as rentals, with a discount for KLT members. The cabins will also be used for KLT programming including future workshops with guest artists and writers. Our hope is that income from the cabin rentals will support future stewardship of the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary and cabin maintenance.

Please join us to celebrate Kendra's legacy and KLT's new cabins on Monday, February 25 at The Depot Pub in Gardiner. The episode airs at 9 PM. We hope you can be there to see our work featured on television! 

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Tenth Annual Curtis Winter Fun Day
Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Tenth Annual Curtis Winter Fun Day

Join the Kennebec Land Trust for a morning of winter fun at the Curtis Homestead Conservation Area in Leeds, the childhood home of former Maine Governor Kenneth M. Curtis, Rebecca Curtis Meredith, and Joyce Curtis.

Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes and spend the afternoon exploring this wonderful 360-acre conservation property!

If the snow is right, we’d love to build a community of snowmen! Bring whatever biodegradable accessories you’d like to use.

Hot chocolate, hot dogs, and s’mores will be served around a bonfire in the field. We’ll have a few pairs of children and adult Winthrop Plays Outside snowshoes from the Bailey Public Library in Winthrop for use. First come, first served.

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Jan
16
to Apr 24

Working with your Woodland

Working with your Woodland – a course for land owners and others.

Presented by: Maine Forest Service, Maranacook Adult & Community Education, Kennebec Woodland Partnership

This series of presentations and field tours is a follow-up to our fall sessions on woodland management on small ownerships. The course is open to woodland owners, loggers, foresters, town officials, and others interested in learning more about woodland management issues and options. Attendees may join for one or all of these sessions. The instructor is Morten Moesswilde, District Forester for the Maine Forest Service, unless otherwise noted.

For more information or to register please contact Maranacook Adult & Community Education 207-685-4923 x1065 • RSU 38, 2250 Millard Harrison Drive, Readfield, ME 04355 • adulted@maranacook.org.  Registration: $5 per Session or All 8 sessions for $35

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Sustainable Balsam Fir-tipping & Wreath Making
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Sustainable Balsam Fir-tipping & Wreath Making

Learn sustainable balsam fir-tipping techniques with Dave Fuller, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and go home with a handmade fir wreath. Dave will inform us about the fascinating and important balsam fir industry in Maine. 

We will meet at the Ladd Recreation Center in Wayne at 10 AM on Saturday, December 1. Bring hand shears and light gloves.  Please pre-register, $10 for non-members, $5 for members. Space is limited. Contact KLT to reserve your place, 207-377-2848 or KBrewer@tklt.org

 

Directions: From Route 133 in the Wayne Village turn onto Old Winthrop Road. Take your first right onto Gott Road. The recreation center is on the left.

Please call our office or visit our website with any questions, 207-377-2848 or www.tklt.org

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