OCT 37th Annual Meeting on Long Island

Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay 37th Annual Meeting on Long Island

Thursday, August 1st, 2019  |  5:00-7:00  | Rain or Shine

Join Oceanside Conservation Trust’s Annual Meeting (OCT) at the Long Island Community Center. 

Featuring a special presentation from Heather McCargo, Founder and Executive Director of The Wild Seed Project (https://wildseedproject.net/).  She will talk about “Why Going Native Matters; Beauty, Biodiversity and Resilience”.  In this slide presentation, Heather will cover the many reasons we all should care about our regions native flora and bring these native plants back into our developed landscapes.  Native plants are beautiful, they are important for our regions’ ecosystem functioning, and they do not need the high inputs of water and nutrients of commonly cultivated plants, making them excellent additions to our gardens.  She will then explain what is going on in the nursery trade with native plants including loss of genetic diversity and cloning, and how we can all support our native flora by planting seed grown native plants.

Light refreshments will be served at the event.


To reserve your place, please CLICK HERE TO RSVP

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Guest Speaker:

Heather McCargo, Founder and Executive Director of Wild Seed Project, is an educator with 30 years of experience in plant propagation, landscape design, horticulture, and conservation.  A former head plant propagator at the New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods during the 1990s, Heather has also worked at several landscape architecture/planning firms specializing in ecological design, and has contributed to research projects with USAID, the National Gardening Association, and MOFGA.  She has lectured nationally and is widely published in journals and magazines such as Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s “Growing from Seed,” Horticulture, American Nurseryman, and Ecological Landscape Alliance.  More locally, Heather designed the master plan for the medicinal gardens at Avena.

Location and Time:

Join us at the Community Center, Long Island. 5:00pm-7:00pm


From Portland: Attendees may take the 3:15 or 4:15 Casco Bay Lines Ferry from Portland and return on the 7:30 Ferry. The Community Center is a 2-minute walk from the ferry landing on Long Island.

From the other Casco Bay Islands: Roger Berle will be traveling around the Bay to pick people up. Please call him at 712-5565 or email rkberle@msn.com to reserve a spot on his boat. Space is limited. 

If you have any special needs, please let us know in advance so we can accommodate as many people as possible.  


Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the island. This is rain or shine, so check the forecast; you may want rain gear.


Free to members. You may pay the $20 membership fee to renew your membership or to join Oceanside Conservation Trust with your RSVP.

Spring Oceanside Property Monitoring – Won’t you join us?

Spring Property Monitoring Visits
Oceanside Conservation Trust is preparing for our annual monitoring visits to the properties which we protect, and we would like to have you come with us if you wish. The board members and stewards will be walking each property as we do every year. Whether it is a property on which we hold a conservation easement or one which we own in fee, we check the boundaries and document and photograph any changes. We of course pay particular attention to issues which are controlled by the easements.

Because these are special properties, especially to folks on each of the islands, it is also a pleasure to participate in these visits. The board members and stewards would be happy to share the experience so you can see how we do our work.

Day 1 – Peaks Island
The Peaks Island trip is planned for Friday, May 18th. We will be taking the 7:45 a.m.
Casco Bay Lines Ferry, and will be starting at Davies Sanctuary at the Hal Hackett Monument.

*If you are interested in joining us on Peaks Island, please contact:
Jeanne Gulnick- Email: jgulnick@sjcme.edu / Phone: 207.712-0572

Day 2 – Little Diamond Island, College Island and Long Island
The trip to Little Diamond Island and Long Island is planned for Thursday, May 24th. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Handy Boat, 215 Foreside Road in Falmouth, and travel by Roger Berle’s boat Christian Alf. We should be on Little Diamond, where we will start at Memorial Woods, between 9:15-11:30 a.m., cruise around College Island, and be on Long Island between 12:00-2:30 p.m. (best estimate ahead of time).

*If you are interested in joining us on Little Diamond Island, please contact:
Bill Stauffer– Email: bstauffer@eco-story.com/ Phone: 207.650.1993
*If you are interested in joining us on Long Island, please contact:
John Lortie – Email: jpl101959@gmail.com / Phone: 207.808.3934 (cell)

Day 3 – Cliff Island
The trip to Cliff Island is planned for Friday, May 25th.  We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Handy Boat, 215 Foreside Road in Falmouth, and travel by Roger Berle’s boat Christian Alf.  We should be on Cliff Island from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will start first at Grittins Cove/Brackett (following circumnavigating Cliff by boat).

*If you are interested in joining us on Cliff Island, please contact:
Steve LittleEmail: psu301co@gmail.com / Phone: 207.766-2130 – 207.232-3219 or
Roger BerleEmail: rkberle@msn.com / Phone: 207.712-5565 (cell)

On behalf of Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay we hope you will join us.