Phragmites east of Battery Steele about the same.

Spring Monitoring 2020

AJ Monument overlooking Casco Bay

AJ's Monument overlooking Hussey Sound, Daveis Sanctuary, Peaks Island.

Tom Bergh checks a survey marker in Skillings Woods

Tom Bergh checks a survey marker in Skillings Woods, Peaks Island.

Liz Johnson at Battery Steel north entrance. Pallets for water crossing.

Liz Johnson finds pallets at the north entrance to Battery Steele, Peaks Island.

Being mindful of Covid-19 recommendations, OCT Directors and Stewards walked each property for the annual Spring Monitoring visits. All the properties are visited every year, whether OCT holds a conservation easement on a property or whether it is one which OCT owns in fee. During these visits, we check the boundaries and document and photograph any changes, paying particular attention to issues which are controlled by the easements. We keep records of which species we find, both native, occasional and invasive. This helps our understanding of the various ecosystems and why it is important to conserve them.

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Goldenrod. Image by Mabel Amber from Pixabay.

Wild Seed Project

Presentation by Heather McCargo - OCT 2019 Annual Meeting on Long Island

Article by Priscilla Doucette, Jane Laughlin, and Hope MacVane. Reprinted from the OCT Annual Newsletter Volume 15, 2019.

This year’s Annual Meeting featured a special presentation from Heather McCargo, Founder and Executive Director of The Wild Seed Project. Heather is an educator with 30 years of experience in plant propagation, landscape design, horticulture, and conservation.

The following are highlights from Heather’s slide presentation at the meeting and from her numerous publications. As stewards of over 90 acres of preserved land in Casco Bay, OCT recognizes the importance of Heather’s work to all of us who care about our environment.

Heather McCargo of The Wild Seed Project speaking at the OCT 2019 annual meeting

Heather McCargo of The Wild Seed Project, speaking at the OCT 2019 Annual Meeting.

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