Maine DEP recently awarded over $195,000 dollars in grant money for projects in Fort Fairfield, Falmouth and Owls Head, including one proposed by Topsham-based Maine Coast Heritage Trust, which owns Aldermere Farm in Rockport.

MCHT’s received $6,220 to eliminate invasive, non-native plant species which have encroached upon an important emergent freshwater wetland in Owls Head. Common reed and Himalayan balsam have colonized an area of this wetland and will be removed, restoring the wetland to its original and natural state.

Although small in size, this site is within an important migratory crossover area for birds and butterflies which move along the coast line to take advantage of the area’s availability of nectar plants and diversity of wetland habitats.