Bath land trust offers spring stewardship series

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BATH — The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust will hold workshops this spring on Global Positioning System basics, an introduction to Google Earth, and chainsaw training and maintenance.

KELT staff member Chris Cabot will teach the basics of using GPS at the land trust’s office, 92 Front St., from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Following an indoor orientation, participants will head to the Thorne Head Preserve to use the devices, some of which will be available for loan. The event is free, and registration is required by April 2.

A two-part training session on the use of Google Earth will be held at the Patten Free Library community room, 33 Summer St., on Saturday, April 12. A lecture-style presentation, run by Craig Snapp, will run from 10 a.m.-noon, followed by a hands-on workshop from 1-3:30 p.m. Registration is required by April 9, and the program is free.

Wrapping up the series is a class on chainsaw use, maintenance and safety, which will be held at the Sewall Woods Preserve on Whiskeag Road, near High Street, on Saturday, May 31. Wood cutter and logger John Cullen will run the 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. session.

The rain date for the $35 event is June 1, and registration is required by May 28.

Log onto kennebecestuary.org for more information, and contact Becky Kolak at the land trust, 442-8400 or bkolak@kennebecestuary.org to sign up.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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Volunteers with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust practice using Global Positioning System units at the Thorne Head Preserve in Bath. GPS for Beginners is one of three stewardship workshops the land trust is offering this spring.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.