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Largemouth Bass

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Town Building

Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust will host Greg Burr, Regional Fisheries Biologist from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to discuss the management of largemouth bass in Downeast watersheds.

Largemouth, like smallmouth, are non-natives.  They are widely established in southern, central, and parts of eastern Maine. Since 1986, Maine fishery biologists have determined that illegal introductions have established new populations in 57 additional lakes.

Largemouth have long been present in Pocomoonshine and some other local lakes, but have more recently become established in Grand Falls Flowage, which will give them direct access to Grand Lake Stream.  These bass are being illegally introduced into Downeast waters.  The consequences to native species, and to long established and economically important smallmouth bass, are potentially severe, but difficult to predict.

Come and learn more about the biological impact of largemouth bass in our waterways.

 

 Revolution Downeast

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Town Building

Water St, Grand Lake Stream

Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust in welcoming Dr. Ruth Ahrens from the Burnham Tavern.  Dr. Ahrens will discuss the events that occurred in the Downeast region during the Revolutionary War. In the late eighteenth century, the area that would become the state of Maine was still part of Massachusetts – a colony of a colony within the sprawling British Empire. When war did erupt, many Maine colonists hoped that their geographical isolation and the presence of Native tribes – many of whom were longstanding British foes – would protect them from royal forces in nearby Nova Scotia. For Maine, as for many other areas of the rebelling colonies, the struggle with England proved to be a divisive ordeal that heightened prewar social, economic, and political differences and created new ones.

Dr. Ahrens will expound upon the revolutionary history of the area in general and recount the Battle of the Margaretta in particular.   She will explain why events played out as they did and how actions in Machias mirrored those in the larger “theater” of the American Revolution.

Attendees can prepare themselves to be part of an active and lively conversation by reading Revolution Downeast  – a comprehensive account of the American Revolution in this region.

 

Maple Sugaring Excursion

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Town Building

Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME

Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust exploring the Maine woods’ sweetest and shortest season, Sugaring Season. Part of a centuries-old tradition, Maine farmers use buckets, miles of plastic tubing and drills to tap maple trees for their sap. 

Travel to Kossuth Township for a tour of Chandler’s Sugar Shack. A small, family owned and operated business that draws from a background in forestry and engineering, Chandlers’ has nearly 3,000 taps in place.  Learn how maple sap is collected in the spring using both modern tubing systems and traditional buckets.  Then explore the sugar shack where maple syrup is boiled in a wood-fired evaporator.

Please contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust to register for this program.