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Posted May 24, 2013, at 2:47 p.m.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Location: Merrymeeting Fields Preserve, Chopps Point Road, Woolwich, ME

For more information: Becky Kolak; 442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/stewardship-workshops-2013

BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s (KELT) spring stewardship series wraps up with the Botany and Habitat Management workshop on Saturday, June 8 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Maine Natural Areas Program ecologist and state expert, Andrew Cutko, is leading botany enthusiasts and curious property owners to explore the wide variety of habitats at KELT’s Merrymeeting Fields Preserve in Woolwich.

The workshop will provide local landowners with the tools to investigate the habitats vital to the region that could very well be present on their own properties. Information about flora, fauna, and natural communities will be presented. It is the perfect opportunity to nurture your inner ecologist with an expert on hand to guide the way!

With plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions, the workshop will begin with an introduction to the basics of botany and managing land for native habitats followed by practice using identification and monitoring skills in the preserve. This is a rain or shine event. $35 per person and includes handy identification and instructional materials to take home. Registration required by June 5th.

Please contact Becky Kolak at 442-8400 or bkolak@kennebecestuary.org to sign-up. Workshop fees due at time of registration. Visit www.kennebecestuary.org for additional workshop and presenter details. This workshop was generously sponsored by Landcrafters and Merrymeeting Bay Trust.

Cutko’s specialty is forest ecology and working with public and private landowners on forest conservation issues. He was honored by the New England Wild Flower Society with the Maine State Award in 2010 for his outstanding contributions to the identification and conservation of Maine’s flora and associated habitats. Co-author of Natural Landscapes of Maine: A Guide to Natural Communities and Ecosystems that describes 104 natural communities in the state and published by the Maine Natural Areas Program, Cutko has developed protocols for long-term monitoring of vegetated systems in Maine.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It holds easements on 2,000+ acres of private land and maintains eight preserves for public enjoyment. FMI contact www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

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