The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association will hold a Stewardship Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Trout Brook Preserve in Alna. Volunteers plan to cut trees and shrubs, and remove invasive plants in an area that was once pasture land. This is part of a long range plan to maintain early successional forest and shrub land for wildlife habitat, according to a news release from the association.

Snowshoe hare, deer, ruffed grouse and woodcock are some of the species that benefit from this habitat. A diversity of songbirds also use this habitat for nesting and during fall migration. Old apple trees and a variety of fruiting shrubs will be pruned and ‘released’ to improve fruit crops for wildlife, especially important for fall food sources.

Volunteers can learn about the components of wildlife habitat, mast crops, and building brush piles as we work to improve the habitat on this 19-acre parcel.

To attend, RSVP Lynne Flaccus, programs manager at SVCA at 586-5616 or [email protected]. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Trout Brook Kiosk on Route 218 in Alna, just north of the Alna Store.

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