Beech Hill in Rockport, Maine was not always the untrammeled natural sanctuary we know today. In the not too distant past, the Hill was was home to a mosaic of dwellings, farms, cultivated fields and pastures. With this talk we will explore clues on today’s landscape to help uncover the history of prior uses of the land. We will ground-truth these interpretations with land records from settlement times and input from the audience.
The interpretative techniques that have been applied to Beech Hill can be used to turn a casual walk in any of our local woodlands into a fascinating exploration of the past.
Educated as a biologist and environmental health scientist, Gary served as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office in Chicago. At the EPA, he worked on issues related to air quality, water quality, and habitat protection and restoration. Since retiring from EPA, Gary and his wife, Greta, have settled in Lincolnville where they enjoy exploring the lakes, ponds, mountains and seashores of their new found home. Gary does volunteer field work for Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. He is also the chair of Lincolnville’s Lakes and Ponds Committee.
Gary has an ongoing passion for getting to know and understand the plant and animal denizens of our local woods and waters.