Extension will teach habitat regulation


LISBON FALLS – The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering Habitat StewardsTM, a volunteer education program, on six alternate Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 6 and 20 and Nov. 3 and 17.

Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc counties Extension office and there will be two field trips in the Lisbon area.

Participants will learn how to create and manage habitat for wildlife in yards and other places in the settled landscape.

In return for 30 hours of training, plus homework, they will volunteer 30 hours to coach others or do a service project with a nonprofit.

Topics include wildlife survival needs, habitat components and management principles, native plant species and designing the home landscape as wildlife habitat.

Class size is limited and applications must be received by Thursday, Aug. 9.

The fee is $75.

Habitat StewardsTM is a volunteer program of the National Wildlife Federation and, in Maine, is a joint effort with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

For information and an application form, contact the Extension Office at 1-800-287-1458 or 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls, ME 04252.

See details at http://www.umext.maine.edu/Habitat Stewards/Default. htm.

Persons with disabilities who will need accommodations to participate in the programs should contact Nancy Coverstone, 1-800-287-1458, at least 10 days prior to the event.

The TDD number is 1-800-287-8957.