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Coffin Wild Flower Reservation

This sanctuary is one of seven owned by the Society. Hilly woods, a brook, and 1,256 feet of sandy shore and tidal marsh make up the 177-acre sanctuary, which borders lovely Merrymeeting Bay, well-known for its diversity of waterfowl. This hike along the trails will take us through woodlands that border the east side of the bay to a large, old stand of bigtooth aspen and fascinating freshwater estuary plants that are limited to this rare habitat type. Bring binoculars if you have them; be prepared to get your feet wet! Habitat: estuary and mixed hardwood-conifer forest
Known For: freshwater estuary plants
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Program Code: FDT8029
Instructor: Ted Elliman, botanist and author of “Wild Flowers of New England” Continue Reading →

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Native Plants for Professionals

Join Dan Jaffe to learn about the best native plant materials available today for use in the design and landscape trades. Covering everything from plants for tough spots to specialty plants for specific habitats, this class will add a host of less-familiar native species to your plant palette. Program Code: HOR1200
Instructor: Dan Jaffe
Cosponsor: Ecological Landscape Alliance Continue Reading →

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Forest Hills Tree Horror Should Have Happy, Green Ending

Toole Square, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Credit: Chris Helms

Residents, especially those not clued in to the massive Casey Arborway project, are expressing sadness or even outrage over the removal of 160 trees from around Forest Hills Station. What planners haven’t done very well is explain that by project’s end, there will be about 400 more trees than before the crews started cutting them down. (more…) Continue Reading →

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