As part of Maine Great Outdoor Weekend, Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association will hold a stewardship day from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Trout Brook Preserve in Alna, to work on habitat improvement projects. The northern parcel at Trout Brook was historically old pasture land that is now growing into forest and the association is working to maintain early successional tree and shrub habitat for a diversity of wildlife species, according to a news release from the association.

Participants can clear vegetation, prune apple trees, build brush piles and learn about wildlife habitat needs. The property is used by nesting woodcock and songbirds in summer, deer, foxes and snowshoe hare.

Also, Tish Carr, licensed forester and arborist, will join association staff and volunteers to lead a pruning workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Griggs Preserve in Newcastle. Carr will share information about the Woolley Edelgid and how to identify and reduce the spread of this invasive insect, according to the release. Anyone who helps with trails, or has trails and manages a woodlot on their own land will benefit from this event.

For more information, contact Lynne Flaccus, SVCA’s programs manager, at [email protected], call 586-5616, or visit

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