Georgetown, Maine

Click on image to download the 2018 Trails Guide, or pick up a copy at the Town Office.

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And click here for 2018 update:

Coastal Guide

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Upcoming Events

Building Resiliency: Georgetown Looks at Climate Change

Come hear Amanda Shearin, Beginning with Habitat coordinator for Maine State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Ruth Indrick, of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and a member of the Georgetown Conservation Commission, present on how climate change is being felt in Maine’s mid-coast region, what existing strengths our coastal communities bring to adapting to changing climate, and what we can do to build resiliency in a changing natural world.

Monday, August 19, 7 p.m. Georgetown Historical Society

More on Invasive Plants

Call 442-8400 to register or click on title for link

If you missed Dave Polito’s excellent talk on invasive plants at GHS in May, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust has one more this summer on bittersweet, knotweed, and others, and how to eradicate them.

Saturday, Aug 24, 9:30 a.m., Sewall Woods, Bath

Round the Cove Work Weekend

Assembling a volunteer crew to rebuild the bog bridges at Round the Cove and clean up the trails behind the school. We need your help! To sign up, please send a message to conserve04548@gmail.com

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 – 15, Round the Cove

Coastal Cleanup

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Saturday, September 21 Transfer Station

Volunteers Needed

Culvert Project

Can you help Georgetown plan for potential flooding by taking pictures following exceptionally heavy rains?  Volunteers still needed on Robinhood and Jewett Roads for the culvert planning project!  Data will be analyzed by UNH civil and environmental engineering students under the supervision of Professor Nancy Kinner of the Georgetown Conservation Commission in this assessment project begun in 2015 in coordination with our Road Commissioner.  To volunteer or learn more about volunteering, email the team at georgetownculverts2019@gmail.com

On Saturday, April 27 the UNH student engineering team presented their findings so far to Charlie Collins, Road Commissioner, plus members of the Georgetown Conservation Commission and culvert measurement volunteers.  Culvert Project.

Trail Maintenance

Like to be outdoors?  Have a chainsaw (or a handsaw)?   We always need help with trail maintenance at Ipcar and Round the Cove Preserves.  Contact us at conserve04548@gmail.com

Seasonal Notices

Turtles Crossing

Turtles that mated in our wetlands in March and April are now out and about, looking for the best spots to lay their eggs.  Where you see a ‘Turtle Crossing’ sign (this year’s were painted by young Georgetown artists and naturalists over school vacation week), please slow down and watch for turtles.  Five of seven Maine turtle species are ‘of concern’ or higher on the endangered list, so saving the life of even one turtle could be important.Turtles Crossing

Browntail Moth Caterpillars Are Cocooning (July).  GOOD NEWS, the cold wet spring appears to have encouraged deadly fungus and bacteria to decimate many winter webs in our area.  The active population is much smaller than expected.

We have not seen nearly as many active caterpillars in May/June as was expected from the number of winter webs in trees: it looks like fungus and bacteria encouraged by our cold wet spring have done us a huge favor.  There are localized areas of infestation, and the pests could make a comeback, but overall Georgetown’s colony appears to have substantially collapsed.  Hairs in the environment are toxic for three years:  you may still experience a rash from this year’s or previous year’s caterpillars.  The white moths will be laying their egg masses on the undersides of leaves in July/August.  Removing egg masses is also a good way to control future populations: look on the undersides of leaves.  Once those egg masses hatch, larval caterpillars will be feeding (defoliating leaves) and constructing winter webs through August and September.

Maine Dept of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry published this excellent FAQ sheet:

For a lot more information on browntail moths in Georgetown, click here Browntail Moth

DACF 2019 risk map is on the right:  red indicates severe infestation areas, cross-hatching shows observed defoliation from aerial surveying including Georgetown.

Deer Ticks Are Out

Remember to check yourself regularly for deer (black-legged) ticks.  The nymphs are tiny, most active in early spring, and may carry five different diseases in the Midcoast.  Wearing Permethrin treated clothing can help repel them.  Tick Borne Diseases

IF&W has declared Arrowsic and Georgetown WMD 25A for Antlerless Deer Permits.  See this ‘Message to Hunters’ from the Tick Group:

You may apply for the any-deer permit lottery through Aug. 15 at mefishwildlife.com

Wood (or dog) tick, left, is much bigger than the deer (or black-legged) tick, right. It’s the deer tick that transmits diseases.

2019 Coastal and Estuary Water Quality Monitoring Has Begun

Georgetown volunteers will be measuring temperature, salinity, clarity, dissolved oxygen, and pH (acidity) at nine locations around our coastline during biweekly high tides from May through October. Water Quality

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