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2018 HIPP Events and Work Days

Check back for more events.  This page will be updated.  For more information, contact us at hipp.maine@gmail.com.

Invasive Plant Work Day at Curtis Farm Preserve

Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m. to 12 noon (note Daylight Savings Time ends on this day).

Join the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership to experience a work day to LEARN and DO. Learn how to identify invasive plants and options for their control. Do some physical activity by cutting and/or digging out these plants to make room for our native species.

Meet at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s beautiful Curtis Farm Preserve (1554 Harpswell Neck Road – Route 123), 5 miles south of the Mountain Road blinker. Bring water, energy bars, sun and tick protection, layers of clothing, work gloves, a hat, boots, and an able body. No need to sign up in advance! PIZZA will be served at 12 noon.

For more information, contact HIPP.Maine@gmail.com.

Invasive Plant Work Day at Curtis Farm Preserve

Saturday, September 22, 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Join our ongoing effort to protect the native habitats and scenic natural beauty of Curtis Farm Preserve while learning how to identify invasive plants and control them. And enjoy a free pizza lunch! Bring water, gloves, clippers, and hand saws, if you have them. We also have some tools.

Please REGISTER HERE so we can plan for the morning.

Invasive Plant Work Day at Mitchell Field

Friday, September 14, 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join an ongoing effort of the Town of Harpswell and the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership to protect the native habitats and natural beauty of Mitchell Field (1410 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell) while learning to identify and control invasive plants. And, enjoy a free pizza lunch!

Please REGISTER HERE for one or both shifts to help us plan activities.

Bring water, gloves, clippers, hand saws, and your able body!

Black Swallow-wort Removal at Lands End

August 8, 2018 from 7-10 a.m. at Lands End Gift Shop, 2391 Harpswell Islands Road, Bailey Island. Please register in advance to help us plan. Click here to register.The Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership (HIPP) has been asked to come to the Lands End Gift Shop parking lot, opposite the store, to begin the process of removing Black Swallow-wort from near the water. Herbicide use is inappropriate there, so it is “boots on the ground.” We are starting at 7 a.m. and going until 10 a.m., but we would be grateful for however much time you can give. We are starting early to avoid the heat and the shoppers who will be coming later.

Please park your car in the upper lot and bring gloves, pruners and water. We will have extra tools available, if needed. There will be donuts and coffee! Come join the fun!!!

Join Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership for a Work Day

Friday, July 6, 9 a.m.-noon. at Houghton Graves Park, 1714 Harpswell Islands Road (Route 24) on Orr’s Island.

Join us for a fun work day at Houghton Graves Park. Sponsored jointly by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership, this workday will serve dual purposes – both trail clean-up and invasive plant identification and removal. Just show up and bring water, snack, hat, work gloves, protection (sun, insect and tick), an eager mind and tools if you have them (clippers, loppers, hand/tree saw). All are welcome!

Invasive Plant Work Day at Johnson Field Preserve at Mackerel Cove

Sat., May 26, 9 a.m.-noon  *  Johnson Field Preserve and the Mackerel Cove Town Lot, 25 Abner Point Road, Bailey Island

Learn to identify and control invasive plants, work on plant removal and enjoy a free pizza lunch at noon.  Please register in advance to help us plan.  Click here to register.

Identifying Invasive Plants

Tues., May 22, 5:30-7 p.m.  *  Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road

Do you have invasive plants in your yard and woods? Learn how to identify invasives, why you should care about them and what you can do about them. This free workshop is offered by the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership. Please register in advance to help us plan.  Click here to register.

Invasive Plant Work Day at Mitchell Field

Volunteers remove invasive plants at Mitchell Field in 2017 (Becky Gallery photo)

Fri., May 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.  *  Mitchell Field

Join our ongoing effort to protect native habitats and the natural beauty of Mitchell Field while you learn how to identify and control invasive plants. AND enjoy a free pizza lunch. Bring water, gloves, clippers, hand saws and your able body.  Please register in advance for one or both shifts to help us plan.  Click here to register.

Winter Educational Series

These events are offered by the Harpswell Invasive Plant Partnership, in collaboration with Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

Using Herbicides to Control Invasive Plants

Wed., March 28, 5:30-7 p.m. * Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell * Advance registration is requested. Click here to register

Herbicides are an important tool in the invasive plant manager’s toolbox. But how do you know what to use, when to use it and how to apply it? What about health and ecological risks? And what are the rules and regulations at the state and local levels? In this workshop, Amanda Devine from Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Megan

Black Swallow-wort (Becky Gallery photo)

Patterson from the Maine Board of Pesticides Control and Mary Ann Nahf from the Harpswell Conservation Commission will give you a thorough overview of what you need to know before applying any pesticide.

Amanda Devine is Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Regional Stewardship Manager for southern and Midcoast Maine. She has 10+ years of experience in non-native invasive plant management. Megan Patterson is the Pesticide Program Manager for the Board of Pesticides Control. As Chair of the Harpswell Conservation Commission, Mary Ann Nahf and the group work towards ensuring pesticide control measures will not adversely affect the town’s marine resources.

Biodiversity in Maine: What it is, Why it Matters and Threats from Invasive Species

Mon., March 19, 5:30-7 p.m. * Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell * Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Learn from Andy Cutko of The Nature Conservancy in Maine about biodiversity in Maine, why it matters for people and wildlife and how it is threatened locally by invasive plants and animals.

Andy Cutko is the Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy in Maine, where he oversees all aspects of the Conservancy’s work related to scientific research and analysis, strategic planning, and managing scientists on staff. Andy’s prior work includes positions with the Maine Natural Areas Program, US Forest Service, and an environmental consulting firm. He holds degrees from Williams College and Duke University, and he is a licensed forester in Maine. Andy lives with his family on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham.

Nip them in the Bud: Emerging Invasive Plants

Wed., March 14, 5:30-7 p.m. * Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell * Advance registration is requested. Click here to register

In Maine we are fortunate to have a modest selection of invasive plants compared to other parts of the country. However, several species are heading our way, and others are already in Maine but in limited areas. Come learn from Nancy Olmstead about how to identify these less common (for now) invasive plants and how to report suspected new arrivals. We will also discuss how to control these plants early before they pose a threat to our local plants and animals.

Nancy Olmstead is an Invasive Plant Biologist working in the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry to spread awareness about invasive plants, help address them on state lands, coordinate an online mapping tool and provide scientific information to natural resource managers and the public.