Land trust will host two lyceum programs in March

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WAYNE — Members of the community are invited to Kennebec Land Trust’s annual lyceum programs, to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18 and 25, at the Ladd Recreation Center, Gott Road. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

The March 18 program will be “Linking People and Ancient Landscapes.” Dr. Alice Kelley, instructor, Department of Earth Sciences and assistant research professor, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, will present.

The program will address if Maine rivers have been constant through time; how changing landscapes in the Penobscot Valley influenced Native occupation and use of the region; and how archaeology and geology can be combined to better understand the geologic history and culture of the region.

The March 25 program will be “Maine’s Dynamic Landscapes: from Deglaciation to the Future.” Dr. George L. Jacobson, Maine State climatologist and professor emeritus of biology, ecology and climate change, University of Maine, will present.

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The program will cover how the landscapes of Maine changed during and after deglaciation; how Maine’s constantly changing climate has influenced flora, fauna and people; and how future changes in climate will affect Maine’s environment.

The Kennebec Land Trust 2010 lyceum is co-sponsored by the Maine Geological Survey and the Geological Society of Maine, and is supported by the Ladd Recreation Center and Gloria, Lincoln and Robert Ladd. The March lectures are modeled after the early New England lyceums that began in 1826 in Massachusetts. For many years, New England lyceums hosted lectures, debates and concerts for public audiences.

For additional information contact Kennebec Land Trust at 377-2848 or www.tklt.org.

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