Guided Walk “The Lucky Trees of Sears Island”

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Join the Friends of Sears Island for an exploration of some of Sears Island’s great ancient trees on Saturday, April 30 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Forester Jake Maier will lead participants along the Homestead Trail, pointing out the large “lucky” trees while talking about the combination of factors that would allow them to survive and outperform others over the time. He will discuss the differences between heirloom and lucky trees, the ecological consequences of different aspects of forest management, and show how to measure and calculate points for the tall tree registry.

Maier is a state-licensed consulting forester. Maier is originally from Germany, where he graduated in forestry from the University of Freiburg. He moved to Maine in 1984 and earned his degree in Forest Management from the University of Maine.

This event is free and open to the public. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk near the island gate at 9:30 a.m. Bring water, a snack, insect repellent and come dressed for a walk in the woods. Pets are not allowed in this program. In case of constant rain, the program will be postponed to Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. For more information and updates, visit friendsofsearsisland.org or facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland.

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