Logger Nat Bell speaks to Curtis Forestry Field Program attendees. Kennebec Land Trust plans to host its annual Curtis Forestry Field Program at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. Kennebec Land Trust file photo

Kennebec Land Trust plans to host its annual Curtis Forestry Field Program at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at its 360-acre Curtis Homestead Conservation Area to discuss sustainable forestry, land conservation and local history.

The conservation area is on the Bog Road, about 1.5 miles from U.S. Route 202 in Leeds.

Wood from the Curtis Homestead harvest could become firewood, pulpwood, or dimensional lumber. Managed forestlands create trucking, processing, building, and other jobs in Maine’s economy. Kirsten Brewer photo

The program provides opportunities for families to learn about Maine’s forestry heritage and see logging equipment up close and in action. Leeds-based logger Nat Bell will harvest trees and operate a portable sawmill.

“It’s one of our most popular programs of the year,” said Marie Ring, land trust director of membership and programming, in a news release. “There’s something for everyone in the family, whether it’s seeing professional equipment up close and personal or just being in the Maine woods on a fall day.”

This is the 11th year the land trust has offered a sustainable forest management program at the Curtis Homestead.

The Curtis family arrived in Leeds in the 1800s. The homestead remained in the family until 2000, when former Maine Gov. Kenneth Curtis and his sister, Rebecca Curtis Meredith, donated 360 acres to land trust. The Curtis Homestead Conservation Area has more than three miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands and fields.

Over the past two decades the trust has hosted school and outdoor programs at the homestead, ranging from forestry and apple tree pruning to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

For more information, visit tklt.org or call 207-377-2848.

Bruce Bell demonstrates a portable sawmill at a past Curtis Forestry Field Program. Sarah Fuller photo

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