Water Connections

Woods, Water, & Warblers!

Walk and talk with professionals who can help you get the most out of your land

Friday, August 17

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

1-mile woods walk featuring partner talks

Crooked River Forest – Intervale Preserve, Harrison


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Scribner’s Mill, Harrison

Location details, including driving directions and parking, provided to registrants

Limit of 50 registrants

Registration required by August 3

Register online or call 774-5961 x 3320


One sixth of Maine residents – 200,000 people – rely on Sebago Lake as a drinking water source. The forested land in the Sebago Lake Watershed acts as a natural filter, providing exceptional water quality. Portland Water District values healthy woodlands and is providing an opportunity for you to connect to wildlife and natural resource professionals who can help you get what you want from your forested land.

Join PWD and partners for a walk in the woods and a reception to learn how you can manage your woodlands while also protecting water quality. The 1-mile route features gradual, gentle inclines, wide trails, and recent forestry to view and discuss. The reception will include hearty appetizers. The following wildlife and natural resource professionals will provide a brief presentation about the topics below on the woods walk, and will be available for further discussion at the reception:

Lakes Environmental Association & Portland Water District - Responsible Development

Lakes Environmental Association and PWD routinely review development projects in the Sebago Lake Watershed and can help landowners understand key issues to ensure that tree harvesting or land development is not detrimental to existing water quality.


Maine Forest Service - Woodland Stewardship

Maine Forest Service foresters are available to assist and inform woodland owners about many aspects of woodland stewardship including but not limited to tree identification, woodlot management planning, financial incentive programs, planning and conducting a timber harvest, and much more.

Loon Echo Land Trust & Western Foothills Land Trust - Conservation and Communities

Land trusts play a vital role in our communities by conserving lands and natural resources while often providing recreational access. Trusts also provide private landowners with conservation and estate planning options through purchases, donations, and easements. In the Sebago Lake Watershed, land conservation impacts local economy, plant and animal habitat, quality of life, and drinking water quality.

Maine Woodland Owners - Forests as Filters

Maine Woodland Owners promotes stewardship of Maine’s small woodland resources, provides information for better forest management, and advocates for and reaches out to Maine’s small woodland owners. At this event, an MWO representative will focus on the filtering abilities of forested land.

Maine Audubon - Forestry for Maine Birds

Forestry for Maine Birds works to create more and better bird habitat through forest management that will benefit songbirds of conservation concern as well as many other wildlife species that use these important habitats.

University of Maine - Conservation-Based Estate Planning

Your land and how you’ve cared for it is part of your legacy. Planning what will happen on your land after you are gone is the next critical step of being a good steward. In fact, it may be the most important step you can take as a landowner, not just for yourself but also for the benefit of your family, community, and the land itself. Conservation-based estate planning includes determining your goals, tools to explore, and tax considerations.