It was a very busy year! While building a forestry center was a massive undertaking for the BCFC in 2018, there was still much more work to accomplish.
As readers will remember, Butler Head Preserve was severely damaged by the October 2017 windstorm. The storm not only wiped out hundreds of mature trees, but also left a swath of debris and erased years of hard work the Committee had spent developing hiking trails. Thanks to two generous grants from the Merrymeeting Bay Trust, the BCFC hired Hawkes Tree Service to cut and remove the downed trees, especially on the Bay side of the Preserve, as well as clear many of the trails and mitigate hazardous tree situations. It will take many years for the forest to recuperate, but the trails are passable and, above all, safe. Students from Bowdoin College attended work days to build bog bridges and continue the storm cleanup effort at Butler Head and Chewonki Volunteer Day generated more students to remove invasive plants above the open field along Bufflehead and Pintail trails. Sitelines completed a boundary survey of Butler Head Preserve by pinning previously questionable boundary lines. The survey established these boundary lines to avoid any future land disputes adjacent to the Preserve. The BCFC is gradually acquiring property that goes up for sale to enlarge the Preserve, most recently along Whistler Trail.
Throughout the year various workshops were conducted by the BCFC and the City Arborist, Kyle Rosenberg. Topics covered winter tree identification, invasive plant identification and removal, winter moth tree protection and brown tail moth damage. If you would like to express a specific interest in a workshop, contact Kyle Rosenberg at email@example.com. All workshops are listed on the BCFC’s Facebook page, the Forestry Division website. AWARDS & EVENTS
The State of Maine’s Tree City USA awards event was hosted by Bath in May 2018 bringing 50+ people to City Hall. Maine awarded the Frank Knight Excellence in Forestry Award to Geraldine Coombs, posthumously, for her contributions to the City’s trees, forests and parks since 1992. The BCFC awarded Marie and Stephen Perry the Residential Landscape Award and Wayne Robbins Woodcarving Studio the Business Landscape Award. Both properties were exceptional in landscaping and preservation of old trees! During 2019 the BCFC and Bath’s Forestry Division will be offering various events and workshops. Watch for announcements on our Facebook Page.