Monhegan Associates, Inc.
An Island Land Trust

Fall Newsletter 2016

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President's Greeting:

Our Fall newsletter highlights the recent efforts of our committed membership, service group volunteers, able Summer Interns Rebecca Fitzpatrick and Willow Bates, and our dedicated Forest Stewardship Crew. I’m pleased to say that Monhegan Associates has remained actively engaged in priorities regarding trails and invasive control in addition to ecology-centric research and education during 2016.

Furthermore, I hope you find that the fresh, new “look” of our 2016 Outreach memos allows you to enjoy Monhegan’s beauty with vivid clarity and to explore various activities and perspectives with just a few clicks. While you’re clicking, please also check out the enhancements that are underway with the presentation and content of our website, which webmaster Clare Durst, along with Willow Bates, and Lindsay McSweeney have been leading. Finally, we welcome feedback on the nearly fifty new logo ideas that have been submitted!

While the wild-lands starts to settle into its winter slumber, nature’s wondrous elements remain vibrantly alive and undoubtedly make for an incredible mix of solitude, beauty, and power amidst the forest and headlands. Through the help of our resident friends on the Island, we hope to again share some of that mix with you on our website including the spectacular moonrise captured by Richard Farrell that concludes this Outreach memo.

The wild-lands entrusted to our care are a treasured asset of Monhegan and we sincerely appreciate your continued support of this special place.

Glenn Burdick

President, Monhegan Associates

The 2016 Forest Stewardship Crew is out on the trails now! This Fall with the leadership of Rebecca FitzPatrick, crew members Anna Whitaker, Justine Smith, and Joan Brady (pictured) have been cutting barberry and bittersweet in the north end of the Island along Trail #1, as well as bittersweet along the Underhill Trail. They are also removing some purple loosestrife from the Lobster Cove area. They have maintained bridges, water bars, and trails as well as putting down stones on wet trails, building a small bridge over a ravine on Trail #1, and rerouting a small section of Trail #1a at Long Swamp.
Guest Column: Monhegan Musings from Camp Kawanhee
by: Mark Standen, Camp Kawanhee year-round director

In those early years we left for Monhegan out of Boothbay Harbor on the Balmy Days. Later we began taking the Laura B out of Port Clyde. We would pass the time fishing with Sherm Stanley, hiking around the island, exploring the shipwreck, and taking our meals at the Trailing Yew. By 1980 or so, I had one of the coveted jobs as a Kawanhee tripping counselor. One of the job’s perks was spending five days on Monhegan managing our two trips, one group from Monday to Wednesday and a second group from Wednesday to Friday. I have fond memories, as many of us do, of camping and kite-flying up near the lighthouse and horseshoe games at the Trailing Yew. Read More...
Members of the Camp Kawanhee Junior Councilor program worked on the Alder Trail #6 removing Black Swallowwort and Barberry on the 4th and 5th of July.  The following week younger campers came and participated in talks about the invasive plants on Monhegan.
Helaine Hughes, proprietor of the Poison Ivy Removal Company, worked with employee Natasha Croumie hand pulling Poison Ivy along Trails #1, #5, #4, and #3 on the 17th and 18th of August this summer.  For more info on their work click here.
Updates from the Monhegan Associates Annual Membership Meeting, August 19th:
Vice President's Report:
VP: Richard Farrell
I’ve served on several of the committees over the years and I know that the detail is important, but I sometimes worry that we don’t see the forest for the trees – that the detail obscures the reason the committees exist – the reason for Monhegan Associates itself – the reason for your Membership in Monhegan Associates - and the reason for your being here tonight. That reason – the first purpose of Monhegan Associates – is to preserve the wild-lands. Read More...
Trails Committee 
Chairs: Fred Grey, Rick Cameron
This past year, volunteers, volunteer groups, employees, a trails consultant, and independent contractors have all helped to make great improvements in our trail system.  Pictured here are Friday morning volunteers, Jean Smith and Laura Ligouri working at Green Point on Trail #1. Read More...
Ecology Committee
Chairs: Emily Morse, George Cabot
The Ecology Committee worked hard to ensure the ongoing contributions of volunteer groups in particular through hosting and supporting the Sierra Club.  Also, the Monhegan Associates Summer Lecture Series 2016 featured three excellent speakers and were well attended and well received.  If you are not in the habit of attending these lectures, please do so next year to enjoy these wonderful presentations! Read more...
Lands Update
Chair: Doug Boynton
This year the Associates has acquired two new parcels of land.  We thank Ben Odom and Charlie Hudson for their generosity in contributing these lovely patches of forest. One is located alongside the Underhill trail #3; the other lies downhill from the main road on the North end of town.

Newly Appointed Trustees
Nominating Committee Chair: Jes Stevens
The Trustees elected for the 2016-2019 term are:

Clare Durst
Chris Koerber
Emily Morse
Penny Smith
 
Thank you to Morris Feibusch for taking over the last two years of Jessica Campbell's term.  We wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors!


Other Changes in Office
We are delighted to have Linda Rae taking over as our new Chair of the Membership committee and Ann Hughey as our new Secretary. Thank you to Clare Durst for your many years of diligent record keeping!
The Boy Scouts joined us for the day on August 28th to cut back Asiatic Bittersweet on Underhill Trail #3.
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Fundraising chair, Eileen Cameron, put together a wonderful House Tour on August 10th of this year which was very well attended!  Thank you to Ed Deci, Olga & Bruce Hausser, Norma Kaplis & Jim Galvin, Bruce & Candis Kerns, Emily Morse, and Tommy Moulton for opening up their beautiful homes!
Check out the wonderful designs submitted to our 2016 Logo Contest!  A winner will be announced soon!
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Trap Day was a busy affair this October 1st, with friends and visitors alike pitching in to start off a new year of lobstering. Pictured here: Doug Boynton and Matt Weber.
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