Land trust president to address Rotarians

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LEWISTON – Members of the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club will meet at noon Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Ramada Inn, when they will hear a presentation by Jonathan P. LaBonte, Androscoggin Land Trust president. He will discuss “The Androscoggin Land Trust: 15 Years of Conservation.”

The trust was founded in 1991 by a group of residents who had successfully worked for the protection of 2,200 acres in Turner and Leeds, now known as the Androscoggin Riverlands.

Since that time, the trust has advanced conservation work in the central Androscoggin River corridor, protecting an additional 2,700 acres and over five miles of shorefront on the Androscoggin River.

LaBonte will speak about the evolution of the work of the land trust in this region and share details of a highly visible project along the river just outside downtown Lewiston.

LaBonte, president of the trust board for a little over a year, is a resident of Auburn. He works full time for the Maine Turnpike Authority, has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maine and has conducted graduate research in public policy and administration, also at the University of Maine.

Anyone wishing to hear the speaker or to learn more about Rotary is welcome to attend. Weekly buffet luncheons are $8 a person. Access the club’s Web site at www.lewistonauburnrotary.org for more information.

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