Georgetown, Maine

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Coastal Guide

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Upcoming Events — Due to COVID-19 this season’s events are postponed until further notice — but check back here for updates

Ipcar Trail Clean Up Day — Volunteers Needed!

Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. until done — Ipcar Preserve

Join us to help clear winter blowdown from our Ipcar trails.  BYO clippers, gloves, water, bug spray and chain saw if you have one.  If you’re not able to do heavy lifting but are willing to help scout areas that need some work and pick up smaller branches, etc, that’s great, too!  We will meet at the Town Parking lot at the tennis courts at 10:  if you come later walk up the trail and find us in the Preserve.

Culvert Engineering Project Report Out

Monday, April 27, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Georgetown Central School

Come join us to learn the results of our five year culvert study to determine the risk of flooding on Georgetown’s roads undertaken by UNH engineering students and Georgetown volunteers under the leadership of Conservation Commission member Dr. Nancy Kinner.   The UNH team will  be here to report to Charlie Collins, Road Commissioner.

‘Don’t Waste A Minute!!’: Septic Systems on the Coast

Saturday, June 20, 10 – 12 a.m.  Georgetown Central School

Do you have an overboard discharge system or a small footprint lot?  Georgetown’s challenging waterfront terrain means we still have over 50 of the 700 overboard discharge systems left in Maine.  Come hear about the impact of shorefront septic systems on acquaculture and the environment, current and potential regulations, and newer alternatives becoming available for homeowners, as well as possible funding.  Experts will be available at this informational event.

‘Plastics in the Ocean’

Wednesday, July 8, 7 p.m. Venue TBD

Scientist Demi Fox of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program will speak about existing and emerging issues, prevention projects, removal efforts, and collaboration across the Northeast region to address the problem of marine debris.

Seasonal Notices

Browntail moth:

What to Expect in the 2020 Season

We had anticipated a severe problem last year judging from the number of winter webs observable at the tops of Georgetown’s trees:  then we got lucky.  The cold wet spring of 2019 significantly decimated the browntail population on our peninsula when fungus and bacteria sickened the larvae just emerging from those winter webs. The regional map put out by Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry still shows our region on high alert, so we checked with Tom Schmeelk, the DACF’s forest entomologist and one of our featured speakers last year, about what to expect for 2020.  He said the DACF did not do any surveying specific to Georgetown, but their survey of the area south of us found half as many webs as last year.  The “epicenter” has moved north (Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville).

Be aware that populations can make a comeback, however, and that caterpillar hairs remain toxic in the environment (leaf piles, etc) for three years, so all the cautions still apply.  And although we observed many fewer webs this winter, there are certainly still some in residence.  If you have winter webs in your trees that you can reach (they like apple trees as well as the taller oaks) it is well worth clipping and destroying them (soak in soapy water) before the larvae start to emerge in warm weather.  Reminder that pesticide use within 250 feet of marine waters is restricted by Maine law.  FMI see Browntail Moth

Reminder:  Deer Ticks May Be Out Whenever There’s No Snow Cover

Forty percent of deer ticks in our area carry one or more tick borne diseases, and the tick population has been increasing dramatically.  Nymph deer ticks are tiny and hungry and most active in early spring.  Be careful out there.  FMI see our resource section on Tick Borne Diseases

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