Topsham to discuss rural heritage preservation

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TOPSHAM — The next workshop in the town’s “Back to the Future” series will held Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Topsham Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

The topic is “Topsham’s rural heritage: Can we grow without losing our natural environment, farms & open space?”

Residents are invited to discuss the maintenance of “what we collectively value about this special place where we live,” according to a town press release. “Specifically, the discussion will focus on the elements and resources that make up the rural landscape, gain a better understanding of the values of these elements and resources, and how we may prioritize and protect those values.”

Speakers will include Elizabeth Hertz, director of the Municipal Planning Assistance Program at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Angela Twitchell, executive director of Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust; Steve Pelletier, a wildlife biologist, Maine forester, and principal at Stantec Consulting in Topsham; Aram Calhoun, professor of wetland ecology at the University of Maine; Steve Walker, a Brunswick town councilor and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust board member, and Franklin Burroughs, a research professor of the English Language Emeritus at Bowdoin College.