Keel Kemper, regional biologist with Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Mary Thompson, soil conservationist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, will lead a site visit and discussion of wetlands restoration at the Ralph Waldo Tyler Wildlife Management Area Friday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m.

Sponsored by Friends of the Weskeag, the session will begin at the WMA parking/viewing area on Buttermilk Lane, and will cover the history of the Marsh as it pertains to the recent management practices that were installed in the winter of 2002 in the upper reaches of the marsh, and in the late 1990s and early 2000s in the lower reaches of the marsh.

Thompson will explain how a ditch plug is constructed and how it benefits the many creatures that live in the marsh. Kemper, a National Wetlands Award winner for his contributions to wetlands conservation in Maine, will talk about wildlife in general, the State Wildlife Management areas, specific management practices of the Tyler WMA.

For more information, call Vivian Newman at 691-2120 or email