Friends of Unity Wetlands will offer two classes this spring as part of the MSAD #3 Adult Education Program. The courses will be held at Mount View High School, Route 220.

Conserving Your Land: An Introduction to Conservation Easements will be led by Jennifer Irving, Executive Director of Friends of Unity Wetlands, Thursday, March 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. She will speak about conservation easements, a flexible and a popular tool that allows landowners to shape the future uses of their land. Whether protecting a cherished property, 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 one’s land through conservation easement including working with a land trust, the many steps from start to finish and financial considerations.

There is no fee for this class, and there may still be spaces left. For more information, call the MSAD #3 Adult Education Office at 568-3426.

On Thursday, April 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Philip deMaynadier, board member of the Friends of Unity Wetlands, will open a two-part course titled Vernal Pools: Temporary Habitats that Need Permanent Protection. On Saturday, May 8, he will lead a vernal pool walk in Montville; time and location will be announced. The April 29 presentation will focus on the 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. The May 8 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 this class; registration deadline is April 15. Register by calling 568-3426.

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