Jennifer Irving, executive director of Friends of Unity Wetlands, will speak about conservation easements Thursday, March 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mount View High School in Thorndike. A conservation easement is a flexible and popular tool that allows landowners to shape the future uses of their land. Whether protecting a cherished property and providing income tax benefits or helping to keep land in the family, conservation easements provide many benefits.

Irving will discuss the nuts and bolts of protecting land through a conservation easement, including working with a land trust, the many steps from start to finish, and financial considerations. There is no fee for the class, and participants can register through the MSAD 3 Adult Education office by calling 568-3426. The registration deadline is March 11.

On Thursday, April 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mount View High School, Philip deMaynadier, board member of the Friends of Unity Wetlands, will discuss vernal pools. His presentation will focus on unique qualities of vernal pools, the fascinating creatures that occupy them, and recent developments in state policy designed to help conserve these ecologically important habitats.

On Saturday, May 8 deMaynadier will lead a vernal pool walk in Montville, time and location to be announced. The walk will be an opportunity to visit a vernal pool and look for amphibian egg masses and other wildlife activity. There is no fee for the class. Register through the MSAD 3 Adult Education office by calling 568-3426. The registration deadline is April 15.