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From Abandoned Quarry to Garden of Eden

Posted July 06, 2012, at 1:04 p.m.

Georges River Land Trust is offering an evening tour of a restored granite quarry followed by a dinner catered by Café Miranda on Saturday, July 21 at 5 pm. Tickets to the event benefit the Georges River Land Trust and are $75 for Land Trust members and $80 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance either on-line at www.grlt.org/revelryevents.html or by calling (207) 594-5166.

The Clark Island Wildlife Refuge, a 50-acre habitat restoration and preservation site, is adjacent to Leonard Greenhalgh’s home. Over a 25-year span, Len has transformed the long abandoned granite quarry into diverse habitats that complement efforts to preserve the Long Cove and Weskeag River ecosystems. This project shows how private landowners can create a lasting legacy of preserved habitat. In addition to the tour, Alex Mas of The Nature Conservancy will discuss Maine’s Natural Resources Conservation Program which provided grant funds for significant wetlands restoration on the site.

Surrounding the house, a half-mile of stone walls encompass more than 50 flower beds, which will be in full bloom for this event. The Georges River Land Trust featured these gardens on their 2009 Gardens in the Watershed tour.

Topping off the evening will be refreshments and a catered dinner by Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda. Located in Rockland, Café Miranda will provide a meal featuring seasonal and locally grown ingredients in their classic multi-cultural cuisine style. Watch the ospreys on their nest as you dine overlooking the main pond.

Georges River Land Trust is committed to encouraging citizens to discover the river and care for the land throughout the 14 communities in the St. George River watershed. This event is part of Revelry for the River, a celebration of 25 years of conservation. For further information on the Georges River Land Trust, its programs and upcoming events visit www.grlt.org or contact them at info@grlt.org or (207) 594-5166.

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