Tate Bushell, Natural Lands director for MDI’s Land & Garden Preserve. PHOTOS COURTESY OF LAND & GARDEN PRESERVE

How to manage wild landscapes 

BAR HARBOR– Join Tate Bushell, Natural Lands director for MDI’s Land & Garden Preserve, to learn how to manage wild spaces in your landscape. Bushellhosted by the Beatrix Farrand Society of Bar Harborwill speak on Zoom at 4 p.m.Sept. 17 

The cost of this program is $10 for Beatrix Farrand Society members and $20 for nonmembers. Preregistration for Zoom participation is required; you can purchase online tickets at beatrixfarrandsocietyshop.org. 

For his topic, “Managing Wild Spaces, Bushell will draw on his experience at Little Long Pond, which the late David Rockefeller gifted to the Land & Garden Preserve in 2015. Bushell actively works to restore balance in the site’s ecology while accommodating visitors who frequent the site to exercise their dogs.

Dogs enjoy a summer swim in the wild space of Little Long Pond, MDI.

He bases his work on solid principles of natural areas management, including recycling organic material onsite, accommodating local wildlife, identifying and balancing stressors that work against progress toward goals, using native plants and plant communities, and placing plants in appropriate sites where they can thrive. These principles guide the management of large “wild spaces” like Little Long Pond, and can also be applied to small areas of private landscapes where humans, plants and wildlife can coexist.  

Bushell has worked in the conservation field for 10 years and has led a variety of ecological restoration, land protection and public education projects. At Little Long Pond Preserve, his management objectives are to protect the preserve’s natural resources and provide a venue for deep connection with nature. 

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