To Preserve and Expand Bath's Urban Forest
Fit volunteering into your schedule for a happier and healthy lifestyle. It makes you feel great and your contributions are so worthwhile for the community. Bath is fortunate to have some of the best volunteers in Maine and we want you on our team to help save, protect, and preserve the urban forest in Bath - the City of Trees! Call 443-8345 and express your interest. We'd love to hear from you.
From April through October the BCFC actively looks for volunteers to work with the City Arborist and the BCFC to develop the City's nursery. One hundred new trees have been planted and a new watering system installed. This will be the beginning of the City and the Committee's effort to supply new trees for the aging City and Park trees that will eventually die from disease, insects or damage. The future of the nursery depends on citizen involvement! The BCFC hopes to return some of New England's great trees back to the landscape including disease-resistant American Chestnut and American Elm.
Butler Head Preserve is a 141-acre woodland site on Merrymeeting Bay under a conservation easement held by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT). The conservation easement is a collaborative effort under the guidance of the City of Bath (the owner of the property), the Bath Community Forestry Committee (BCFC), and KELT.
The purpose of the conservation easement is to provide significant public benefit by protecting and preserving in perpetuity: (a) the wildlife habitat and natural features of the Protected Property; (b) the opportunity for the general public to enjoy the low-impact outdoor recreational opportunities on the Protected Property; and (c) the scenic views of the Protected Property, as enjoyed by the general public from Butler Head and adjacent waters.
The revival of Druid Park at Five Corners in Bath began in 2001 at a time when the Patten Free Library was awarded a grant from the New Century Community Program, a statewide cultural initiative funded by the people of Maine, to produce a guide to the historical cemeteries in the city. Volunteers care for the Park every Monday morning under the guidance of Connie Mcchesney.
Residential and Business Landscape Awards are an annual event during Arbor Week, which is the third full week in May in Maine. During the year, members of the BCFC recommend certain properties for their uniqueness of design, tree characteristics, and overall appeal. It can be a property with one outstanding tree or a property with trees and shrubs. It must exemplify strength, beauty, ingenuity and follow the guidelines outlined by the BCFC.
Become a BCFC Member
Anyone interested in serving on this Committee should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 443-8332 for an application or with any questions concerning this appointment. Applications will be accepted at the City Clerk’s Office until Monday, November 2, 2015 by 4:30PM.