Posted Jan. 30, 2013, at 5:05 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Hyde School mansion, 616 High Street, Bath, ME

For more information: Becky Kolak; 207-442-8400;

Nature and Renewal: Wild River Valley and Beyond by Dean B. Bennett

BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) invites the public to its 3rd annual Winter Read, a community book group offered in conjunction with the Patten Free Library, at two discussions on March 14 and March 21 in Bath. This year’s read focuses on the themes of nature’s power of renewal and our human relationship to the land.

More than just an ode to the natural beauty of a Maine river valley, this year’s Winter Read selection, Nature and Renewal: Wild River Valley and Beyond by Dean B. Bennett, is a narration of the ecological vulnerability and resiliency of the Wild River Valley crossing from northeast New Hampshire into Maine. Bennett’s book explores the valley wilderness through ecological disaster and rebirth; human impact and land stewardship. The Wild River landscape experienced many impacts and restorations similar to our own Kennebec River region.

On March 14 at 6:00 pm, at Hyde School in Bath, author Dean B. Bennett will share his lifetime of experience exploring natural landscapes and our human connection to the land. KELT volunteer Jenifer Van Deusen will facilitate a discussion between Dr. Bennett and participants. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of Mae’s Cafe in Bath.

On March 21 at 2:00pm, KELT’s Education Coordinator Becky Kolak will facilitate an afternoon discussion hosted by the Patten Free Library in the Community Room. To register for either of the discussion events, please contact KELT at 442-8400 or email Becky Kolak at

Please contact the Patten Free Library, Bath Books, or Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick for a copy of Nature and Renewal, to read the book before the discussion events. Books will also be for sale at the Hyde School event, where Dr. Bennett will be available to sign books for participants.

These events are free and open to the public thanks to generous sponsorship from First Federal Savings Bank and The Merrymeeting Bay Trust. Visit for additional KELT information and events.

Dean B. Bennett is professor emeritus at the University of Maine at Farmington. Born and raised in Maine, he received a Ph.D. in Resource Planning and Conservation from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan with a special emphasis in environmental education, a Master’s degree in science education from the University of Southern Maine, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine at Farmington. Much of his professional life has been devoted to teaching, writing, and illustrating books in the fields of science and environmental education, natural history, and human relationships with nature. Nature and Renewal is his ninth book in the nature/environment field. His other books include: Maine’s Natural Heritage: Rare Species and Unique Natural Features; Allagash: Maine’s Wild and Scenic River; and three children’s books about nature, which he also illustrated. He enjoys playing a plectrum banjo and hiking, canoeing, and skiing with his wife, biologist Sheila K. Bennett, in the north woods of Maine.