Date: Thursday, September 1st, 4:30 – 6:30pm
Location: Linekin Bay Resort, 92 Wall Point Road, Boothbay Harbor
Tickets are $15/person
RSVP by August 19 – Call (207) 633-4818 to purchase tickets
4:30pm – Light Antipasto & Cash Bar – Browse poster stations to learn more about the BRLT Vision and the three components of the organization’s Strategic Plan: Land Conservation & Stewardship, Environmental Education, and Program Support Facilities
5:30PM – Presentation: Trees, Not Treatment: Conserving Forests is a Natural Method of Water Treatment by: Paul Thomas Hunt, Environmental Manager for the Portland Water District
Trees are tall and strong and long-lasting. And they have roots that reach deep into the Earth and branches that extend to the sky. This is symbolic of the way trees extend to and tie together so many of the natural resources we all value and need to live. By conserving trees and supporting sustainable forestry we provide habitat for animals, outdoor recreation opportunities, natural beauty, clean air, good jobs, valuable wood products, and, of course, clean water for fish and for people. Conserved working forests treat water naturally and facilitate infiltration of stormwater to help control flooding. Conserving our forests allows the Earth to do these things for us as it always has – naturally. If we change too much of our forests into developed land we will lose many of these things we value and we will have also have to pay to construct and manage more infrastructure to treat our water.
The Portland Water District (PWD) recognizes that investing in forests is preferable to constructing and managing additional water treatment infrastructure. PWD has a Watershed Land Conservation policy that allows the Board of Trustees to work with land trusts and others to support the conservation of forested land. The policy allows for a contribution of up to 25% of the value of a forest conservation transaction. Because the land or easement is owned by the trust or other entity, PWD does not assume the responsibility of managing the land once it is conserved. That responsibility lies with the trust and/or landowner who can continue to work the forest and generate income from it. All the natural resource values of the land are conserved and water continues to be treated naturally. Many benefit and the benefits are sustainable indefinitely.
Just like the roots and branches of a tree.
6:00pm – Business Meeting
New Board Member Nominees: Lauren Stockwell & John Welsh
Board Members Nominated for a 2nd Term: Jean Hawley
President – Jack Fulmer
Vice President – Hal Moorefield
Treasurer – David Whitt
Secretary – Linda Burley
6:30pm – Adjourn