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This thesis addresses the dual roles of a land trust in the context of the David Rancourt River Preserve in Lewiston, ME and the surrounding low-income housing community, River Valley Village. I gained an ecological understanding of the Preserve and cultivated a connection between the Preserve and the surrounding community by:
conducting an ecological survey to provide information needed to serve as a baseline to assess the effectiveness of the eastern white pine regeneration project and gain a better understanding of the wildlife present in the Preserve and leading nature walks and creating a nature guide to engage the River Valley Village community. Overall this thesis assists the Androscoggin Land Trust’s mission by both gaining knowledge of the ecosystem and bringing that knowledge to the community to cultivate curiosity, appreciation, and pride of place.
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Bachelor of Science
Gawarkiewicz, Ellen Louise, "An Ecological Survey of the David Rancourt River Preserve and A Plan for Community Engagement" (2013). Standard Theses. 12.
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