Wednesday, October 2, 2013; 3 p.m.
Location: Robbins Lumber Company, , Searsmont, Maine
Contact: Georges River Land Trust; 207-594-5166
Join with Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) to experience firsthand the modern management of a woodlot. Jim Robbins, of Robbins Lumber Company, will guide a woodlot tour to show you modern sustainable forestry management for white pine lumber and Christmas trees in Searsmont. The tour will take place on Wednesday, October 2 at 3 pm. For five generations, the Robbins family has harvested timber and has won acclaim and awards for stewardship of their forests, including the 2011 Maine Forest Stewardship Award. A family-owned and operated business established in 1881, the yard currently sits on a 40-acre site on the St. George River.
Thanks to the company’s generosity, the Robbins Lumber property is also the site of the 1.2 mile Canal Path, a section of GRLT’s conservation trail system. This interpretive trail traces the St. George River south from Ghent Road and features information on the historic Georges River Canal, as well as the sustainable forestry management practices of Robbins Lumber. Recently Robbins Lumber donated a conservation easement to the Georges River Land Trust on extensive riverfront and woodland property in Appleton.
Following the tour, Jim and his wife Ann will entertain you at their nearby home with stories of the history of the Robbins family, among the earliest settlers in Union, and who were featured in the Ben Ames Williams’ novel, Come Spring. You will also enjoy a selection of beverages, including wine and beer, and a hearty repast of appetizers.
The event is part of the Georges River Land Trust’s 2013 Revelry for the River, a celebration of the resources of the St. George River watershed and surrounding areas. Participation is limited to 30 and tickets are $25 for Land Trust members and $35 for non-members. For reservations, call the Land Trust at 594-5166 or reserve online at www.georgesriver.org/revelry.