Andy Cutko, Ecologist, Maine Natural Areas Program, Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry will present at the Camden Public Library on May 16, 7:00 pm. This event is hosted by the Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Andy’s responsibilities include ecological inventory and assessment, conservation planning, and training and outreach to foresters and land managers. Andy has worked at the Maine Natural Areas Program from 1996 to 2005 and from 2008 to the present. From 2005 to 2008 Andy worked for NatureServe, directing the forest conservation activities of natural heritage programs in the U.S. and Canada. Andy’s previous experience also includes positions with The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon Society, US Forest Service, a consulting forestry company, and an environmental consulting firm. He is co-author of Natural Landscapes of Maine: A Guide to Natural Communities and Ecosystems (2010). Andy holds a Master of Forestry degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, and he is a licensed forester in Maine.
Common Mosses (Bryophytes) on the Mt. Battie Road
Camden Public Library Moss orientation Tuesday May 30, at 7:00.
What is a moss? Where and how do they grow? What is their role in the environment? There will be a power point as well as hands on samples of mosses to learn from. Bring a hand lens if you have one.
Mt. Battie Road Field trip Wednesday May 31, 9 to 11, rain or shine.
Meet at the Camden Hills State Park parking lot at 8:45. Wear appropriate clothing to walk in the woods, a rain coat and boots if needed. A notebook, pen and hand lens will be useful. Our goal will be to identify the 2 main categories of moss (Acrocarpous and Pleurocarpous), to identify the reproductive sporophytes, and to identify 5- 7 of the common mosses found there. We will probably find at least one liverwort too!
Diann Henderson is a retired Middle School Math and Science teacher and graduate of the Maine Master Naturalist Program. She has had a love of Mt Battie ever since growing up by the State Park, well before the road to the top was constructed.
Camden — Bill Cullina, executive director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, will be the guest speaker at Camden Garden Club’s first meeting of the year Thursday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St. The program is free and open to the public
His talk, entitled “Woodland Wildflowers – Jewels of the Forest,” will explore the nature of these captivating and mysterious beauties, what makes them so special, and how to establish them in a home garden.
Cullina was educated at the University of Connecticut, and Hobart and William Smith College in New York and began his career as a retail greenhouse manager. He moved on to become a research aide, performing experiments and collecting data on sylvicultural practices and forest ecology. He served as a nursery manager of niche gardens in North Carolina and is noted for his 13 years as the nursery director and head propagator at the New England Wildflower Society, where he developed the largest native plant nursery in New England, producing 75,000 woody and herbaceous plants annually for garden and restoration use.
The author of five acclaimed horticultural references, Cullina specializes in the photography of North American native plants and in 2011 he co-authored “Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: A People’s Garden.” He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Award of Excellence for advancing the goals of National Garden Clubs of America.
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Rockport — Rockport Garden Club welcomes May guest speaker Robert Cochran, owner and manager of Timbercliff Tree Service Thursday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, lower level.
Cochran has been climbing trees since he could walk. A licensed Maine arborist since his 20s, Cochran has been caring for the trees of Midcoast Maine under the guidance of some of the landscape companies and arborists in the Camden area since moving here in 2001. He started his career under the tutelage of Tom Jackson, of Jackson Landscape Service, and rose to the position of general manager at Northeast Tree Service before starting Timbercliff in 2014.
Cochran will speak about the craft of the arborist and describe the training, tools and techniques of his profession. He will relate some of his work, from the routine to the challenging, and display some of the special equipment used by arborists in their work. He will also discuss ways property owners should care for their trees, as well as some of the potential problems they should look out for.
This presentation is free to the public. For more information, call 236-7788.