Tour a restoration and forage forest planting initiative on 20 acres in Montville. This property was stripped of a mature forest and top soils in 2012/13. In 2014 Susie O’Keeffe purchased the property and began an experimental restoration effort using permaculture techniques and native plants. On this tour you will have a chance to see highly degraded land under restoration. We will talk about the use of native wildflowers and swales as an initial attempt to slow erosion and sub-soil loss, while supporting pollinators.
We will visit one permaculture planting on the property that is going on its fourth season, and contains about 200 native trees and plants. The second planting we will tour was just completed, and contains over 400 native trees and shrubs. There will be time for discussion about native/non-native plants, the needs of wildlife, and Susie’s hope to re-create a “commons” where people can harvest food and medicine, learn about coexisting with wildlife, and find inspiration. Handouts will be available on all of the species planted so far, and what each one offers wild animals and people.
Midcoast Conservancy is again offering a series of wildlife habitat walks in 2019. This year’s series will include three walks, on June 15, July 13 and August 17. Each walk will feature the observation and discussion of wildlife habitat initiatives that these individuals have taken on their land. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into the impact their efforts have had on wildlife. These walks represent a wonderful opportunity for participants to learn what can be done (and how to do it) to support wildlife.
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