OCT Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay, first accredited in 2015, is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.

  • To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org.
  • Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
  • Comments on Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay’s application will be most useful by June 21, 2020.
Phragmites east of Battery Steele about the same.

Spring Monitoring Visits 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.

Turkey hen

A turkey hen camouflaged near Echo Pond.

Memorial Woods, LDI

Memorial Woods, Little Diamond Island.

OCT Monitoring at Memorial Woods

Memorial Woods, Little Diamond Island.

OCT Monitoring Hagge Woods

Hagge Woods, Little Diamond Island.

Hagge Woods

Hagge Woods, Little Diamond Island.

Wild Iris at Echo Pond

Wild iris in Echo Pond. Water levels were very low this year.

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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