Monday, July 30, 2018

Preserving Alpine Habitat in Maine

Alpine Habitat is only found above the treeline.
Camden/Rockport, Maine - Scientist Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie leads a program on protecting Maine’s alpine plant habitats at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, August 7 at 12:00 pm.

Alpine and subalpine vegetation in Maine is scattered across the highest peaks of the Appalachian Mountain range and along the coast. These islands of alpine and subalpine habitat are further isolated by

management: federal and state agencies and non-government organizations with varying conservation mandates and resources own and manage the scattered pockets of land above treeline across Maine. In this talk, Caitlin speaks about her research to support and inspire cooperative conservation planning above the treeline across Maine’s mountains.

MacKenzie is a David H. Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maine. She holds a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, an MS in Ecological Planning from the University of Vermont, and a PhD in Biology from Boston University. Caitlin studies the ecological effects of climate change on plant communities.

This lecture is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by The First National Bank and RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, please contact info@merryspring.org or call 207-236-2239.

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