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Mike Tetreault

Mike Tetreault leads The Nature Conservancy in Maine, where he works with partners in conservation, government and community development to identify solutions which ensure that Maine's natural resources are available for people and for nature. He holds a degree in environmental studies from Brown and a MS from the field naturalist program at the University of Vermont, and has studied resource management in Kenya, Mexico and throughout New England. Tetreault started his career teaching wilderness leadership and environmental education, and has worked for The Nature Conservancy since 1998. He lives in Bath with his wife, their daughter and a menagerie of pets.

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Posted: April 23, 2014

Fun Earth Day Video: Of Bogs and Bonfires

Written by: Mike Tetreault

What do you get when you mix insectivorous plants, volunteers, boardwalks and bonfires? Earth Day, Maine style.

Yesterday, at The Nature Conservancy’s lovely and otherworldly Saco Heath Preserve, a cadre of volunteers descended to celebrate Earth Day. But this wasn’t a simple bird walk!

Here’s a video of the day, from a charming young lady who wields both crowbars and species identification with aplomb.

You see, since Saco Heath is a raised bog, the only way through it is on a 1-mile boardwalk. The wooden boardwalk had become a maintenance headache, so our intrepid stewardship team has been working hard for a few years to replace it. Starting this year, visitors enjoy a a completely new boardwalk of modern, hybrid planks that will better withstand time and the elements.

But yesterday, our brave volunteers helped us begin to get rid of the old boardwalk. These generous (and courageous) folks gathered up the various piles along the way and enjoyed a hot (and permitted) bonfire at the end of day.

Hats off to staff and volunteers for kicking off field season in style.

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