LEWISTON – At the Androscoggin Land Trust’s annual meeting on Wednesday, June 2, Maine Rivers Executive Director Naomi Schalit will give a talk about the past legislative session, how the Androscoggin River and other rivers fared in that session and what the current outlook from Augusta is for river restoration. She will also talk about the role that land trusts can play in river restoration.

The presentation will be held between 7 and 8 p.m. at the Benjamin Mays Center at Bates College. Call the office of the Androscoggin Land Trust at 782-2302 for more information or directions.

Schalit is a graduate of Princeton University, where she studied religion and politics in the Near East. She was among the first women editors of Princeton’s literary and arts journal, the Nassau Literary Review.

Her first activities out of college included stints with the Sierra Club, Friends of the River and Mother Jones Magazine. For the last 20 years, she practiced journalism, writing for newspapers and magazines across the country.

Since coming to Maine in 1993, Schalit has worked for the Maine Times and spent five years as a reporter and producer for Maine Public Radio. There, she concentrated on environmental and public interest reporting, and won national and statewide awards for her work, which was also featured on National Public Radio’s news programs, as well as their environmental program, “Living On Earth.”

In the spring of 2003, she became the first executive director of Maine Rivers, a statewide conservation group whose mission is to protect, restore and enhance Maine’s river systems.

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