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Increasing Biodiversity on a Landscape Scale

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Jack Shaida, stewardship project manager for Coastal Mountains Land Trust (CMLT), will give a live Zoom presentation on Tuesday, January 19, from noon to 1:00 p.m. The talk, which is free and open to all, will include Powerpoint slides and will focus on the passive and active management practices of CMLT and future plans for increasing biodiversity. Home gardeners will learn, too, about organic and nonorganic methods of controlling invasive plants, and there will be time for questions at the end. Sponsored by the Belfast Garden Club, the program will be followed by a members’ meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust owns and manages nearly 6,000 acres of permanently conserved land, with primarily passive wildlife and forest management. On select preserves, CMLT mows and maintains fields and clearings, removes invasive plant species, and has engaged in wetland restoration. In 2019, staff planted numerous shrubs to benefit native pollinators at the McLellan-Poor Preserve in Northport, the Ragged Mountain Preserve in Hope, and at the CMLT office in Camden. In an effort to increase pollinator diversity, these plantings were made in fields that are close to roads and are suffering from certain invasive plant species.

Jack Shaida, a resident of Appleton, manages more than 3,500 acres and miles of trail in Waldo County on CMLT preserves. He manages another 3,500 acres of conservation easements and also leads new land projects. A graduate of the College of the Atlantic, with a BA in human ecology and a focus on conservation management and environmental law.

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January 19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Belfast, ME 04915 United States
207 338 2222


Belfast Garden Club