Your backyard as a conservation treasure
How does your property benefit wildlife?
In this online program, Research Ecologist, Conservation Planner, and Coastal Rivers trustee Peter McKinley takes a look at how the ecology of the Damariscotta-Pemaquid region ties in to other regions, including the boreal forest. He shares how individual property owners, no matter how large or small the property, can contribute to the larger landscape of wildlife conservation in this region.
According to Pete, “Everything counts! the plants and animals do not know who owns what. Your backyard can in fact, have an impact on regional wildlife disproportionate to its size.” Pete focuses on understanding how the patch-work management of land impacts wildlife and discusses what we can all do on our own properties to enhance the overall benefit to wildlife on a local and regional level.
Recorded on January 7, 2021 in Damariscotta, Maine.
Pete is a research ecologist and conservation planner with The Wilderness Society (TWS) based in their northeastern office in Hallowell, Maine. His work includes development of conservation priorities for TWS projects and campaigns nationally with a particular focus on the northern and southern Appalachians. Pete is also Vice President of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, which is active in conserving large tracts of land along the extent of the Appalachian Trail in Maine.
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