Woods Wise Wire - October 12, 2021

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Maine Forest Service

Forestry Day in Leeds

LEEDS, Maine – The public is invited to the Kennebec Land Trust’s (KLT’s) 360-acre Curtis Homestead Conservation Area in Leeds to learn about sustainable forestry, land conservation and local history on Saturday, October 16 at 9:30 AM.

The annual Curtis Forestry Field Program provides opportunities for families to learn about Maine’s forestry heritage and see logging equipment up close and in action! Leeds-based logger Nat Bell will harvest trees and operate a portable sawmill.

“It’s one of our most popular programs of the year,” noted Marie Ring, KLT’s Director of Membership and Programming. She added, “There’s something for everyone in the family, whether it’s seeing professional equipment up close and personal or just being in the Maine woods on a fall day.” This is the eleventh year KLT has offered a sustainable forest management program at the Curtis Homestead. ­­­­­

The Curtis family arrived in Leeds in the 1800s. The homestead remained in the family until the year 2000, when former Maine Governor Kenneth Curtis and his sister, Rebecca Curtis Meredith, donated 360 acres to KLT. The Curtis Homestead Conservation Area has over three miles of beautiful hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands, and fields. Over the past two decades the Trust has hosted school and outdoor programs at the homestead ranging from forestry and apple tree pruning to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

For more information: www.tklt.org or call 207-377-2848.