Join us for a presentation that delves into the recent discoveries of the notorious Emerald Ash Borer and Browntail Moth in Bridgton and beyond. This event not only offers a platform for learning and knowledge exchange but also encourages the engagement of community members, environmentalists, and stakeholders in a collective effort to safeguard our natural resources. By joining us, you will become part of a vital conversation surrounding the protection and preservation of our precious ecosystems.
Lauren will present on some invasive terrestrial plants, the spongy moth, and the recent Browntail Moth discovery. The discussion will include identification, how to prevent further spread, and more.
Maggie will present on the invasive insect, Emerald Ash Borer, its impact, discovery in Bridgton, and the exciting new management plan slated for Pondicherry Park.
Depending on the weather, we may have the opportunity to see some of these invasives in person as both BTM and EAB have established themselves at our beloved Maine Lake Science Center.
About Maggie – As Development and Outreach Manager at Loon Echo Land Trust, Maggie is responsible for communications, organizing events, and cultivating partnerships with funders, communities, and organizations. She studied Geology and Geophysics at Yale University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Policy, Planning and Management at the University of Southern Maine. Prior to joining LELT in 2018, Maggie worked in a variety of conservation and outdoor recreation roles across Maine and served three AmeriCorps terms with Maine Conservation Corps. Born and raised in northern Maine, Maggie lives in Bridgton and enjoys playing ice hockey, gardening, and moving through the outdoors on skis, in boats, by bike and foot.
About Lauren – Planning and Land Use Manager at LEA. Lauren studied biology and secondary education at the University of Maine in 2017 and received her master’s degree from Unity College in Wildlife Conservation and Management in 2023. Lauren is passionate about protecting Maine’s natural resources for recreation and wildlife. Prior to joining LEA in 2021, she worked on land and water conservation in central Maine. Lauren lives in Bridgton and spends her free time enjoying the outdoors swimming, fishing, and skiing.