Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) on Wednesday, May 14th in Bath City Hall at 7:00pm for the final installment of our 2013-2014 Winter Speaker Series. Kevin Doran and Jack Witham will be presenting Forestry in Maine: State and Local Perspectives. The public is welcome to this free event and light refreshments will be served.
The presentation features two experts on the Maine woods. Kevin Doran from the Maine Forest Service begins the evening with a discussion on the history of forestry in Maine. How does forest management shape our state’s economy and personality? How do these techniques affect our landscape and wildlife?
Jack Witham then shares his experience as Associate Scientist at the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic, where 30 years of data have given him unique insight into the future of our forests. His talk will touch on long-term population changes and explore how deer and other wildlife affect the woods we Mainers cherish.
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Kevin Doran has been a Natural Science Educator with the Maine Forest Service and Department of Conservation since 1999. Earning his B.S. in Resource Management from SUNY, he has since worked for the education wings of University of New Hampshire and Maine Audobon, as well as running his own forestry consulting firm in the 1990s. His expertise in forestry research was honored by the State of Maine in 1998 when he received an Outstanding Forester Award. After completing his M.S in Adult Education at USM, Kevin went on to earn his Ed.D at Nova Southeastern University and has been an adjunct professor at USM since 2006. He was given an Honorary State FFA Degree Award in 2011 for his tireless work towards education practices. Kevin lives in Topsham.
Jack Witham has been the on-site Associate Scientist for the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic, Maine since its inception in 1983. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Management (University of Maine 1976) and a M.S. in Public Policy (University of Southern Maine 1996). At the Forest he is involved in research, outreach, stewardship, and supervision; application of research results to regional forestry issues is one of his principal interests. His previous research examined the impacts of pesticide spraying and lake acidification on forest birds and ducks. In 1989, Jack helped found the Lower Kennebec Regional Land Trust (LKRLT), now the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). He serves on the board of KELT, which to date has protected more than 1,200 acres of tidal marshes and uplands.
FOMB’s annual summer Outside! series begins May 18th with a spring shoreline cleanup of the state wildlife sanctuary on Abbagadassett Point in Bowdoinham. Classes, social groups, and volunteers of all ages are welcome to help us scour the shores of Abby Point for trash and debris from 9:00am-12:30pm. Come help do your part in keeping Merrymeeting Bay clean! Parking will be off Brown’s Point Rd in Bowdoinham. The series continues with paddles, hikes, and other fun outdoor events through September.