Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association to hold a Stewardship Day from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Griggs Preserve in Newcastle.

Licensed forester and licensed arborist, tish carr, will teach participants proper pruning techniques. Anyone who volunteers on local trails, or has an interest in maintaining trails on their own property will benefit from this work day, according to a news release from the association.

carr will focus on pruning for forest stand improvement and trails with a special emphasis on working in hemlock forests to reduce the spread of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect making its way north along the coast. She will share information about identification and life history of the species, according to the release.

The SVCA Griggs Preserve has 2 miles of trails through mostly hemlock forest. Though not observed at the preserve yet, the Adelgid has been found in Wiscasset.

To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 586-5616 for more information. There is a suggested donation of $10 for this event.

The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is a member organization advocating shared stewardship of Maine’s 58-mile Sheepscot River since 1969. Today, more than 3,671 acres and 15 miles of riverfront are protected. The SVCA’s ongoing monitoring of water quality helps ensure the watershed’s ecosystems stay healthy, including its Atlantic salmon habitat. SVCA’s mapping services, technical support and educational programs encourage prudent land use so the resources people value today are conserved forever. For more information visit the SVCA website at

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