Georges River Land Trust will hold a celebration to commemorate the opening of a new interpretative kiosk, designed with assistance from the Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. at the outflow of Sennebec Pond on the St George River on Route 131 in Union. Meet at the parking area by the rock crib dam.

Roy Hitchings, president of the Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will provide comments on the health of the fishery in the St. George River. The kiosk, permanently installed at the edge of the parking area and next to the rock crib dam, describes three important elements ensuring the health of the river and its fish populations, namely woodland buffers along the shoreline, free moving waters uninterrupted by dams and culverts, and watershed conservation.

This kiosk is the third in a series that demonstrate the connections between the upstream and downstream portions of the river, as well as the connections to the nearby Weskeag Marsh. The other two kiosks are located in Thomaston at the Village Green and on Buttermilk Lane in South Thomaston near the crossing of the Weskeag River. With grant support from Maine Community Foundation and Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, Georges River Land Trust worked with partner organizations interested in the health of the St. George River to create these interpretive displays.

Earlier that morning, Trout Unlimited members will be involved in the national Trout Unlimited river clean up effort. They will be visiting commonly used access points between Searsmont and Warren to pick up trash along the St. George River.

This program and celebration is part of the Georges River Land Trust’s continuing series of Walks & Talks connecting the public with the vast resources of the watershed and surrounding areas. Upcoming events include a Medicinal Plant Walk led by Wanda Garland, local naturalist, on June 23, and the 20th anniversary of the Gardens in the Watershed Tour on Sunday, July 10, from 10 am to 5 pm. For further information on the Georges River Land Trust, the Walks & Talks series and its other programs, visit grlt.org, contact them at info@grlt.org, or call 594-5166.