Monthly Archives: July 2014

Celebrate Sears Island

Sunday, April 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Curtis Hall, Church Street, Searsport

Good Music, Good Food, Slides & Videos Photos, Paintings, Articles from the Past

Share your Trail Tales with us

What has FOSI been doing since last fall?
What are the plans for the upcoming year?

Walks and Hikes

August 9     Explore Coastal Maine geology    11 – 12 Lecture,     1:30 – 3 Field Hike

Dr. Stephen Norton will provide a talk and then lead participants on an exploration of the dramatic and varied geological features of Sears Island and coastal Maine. Dr. Norton, who retired from the University of Maine in 2008, received his Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University. Early in his career he conducted research with the US Geological Survey and the Maine Geological Survey, unraveling the history of crustal rocks in western New England and Maine. His research continues to the present and is concerned with chemical processes in the earth’s surface, specifically the interaction of water, rock materials and humans. HIs work has taken him to many places, including close to the North and South poles, Europe, Canada and Mexico. In recent years, Dr. Norton has led popular talks and walks on geology for Maine residents.

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Summer Volunteering


During the summer, most of our organizational activities will be in working groups meeting periodically, and we will be communicating by e-mail.

Please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering:   use the contact form on this website.

Current working groups are Outreach Materials and Publicity, Technology (full), Trail Stewardship (more voluteers welcome), Education/Outreach, Development/Fundraising, and Events (one or more volunteers needed for each event), and Gate/Entry (full).

You may also volunteer as you’d like, without an ongoing commitment…help is always needed!

Next Meeting

During the summer, General Meetings are held as one or more telephone conferences, on dates TBA here. Contact Marietta for information, 548-0142.

FOSI Recognized with Espy Award

Friends of Sears Island was recently recognized at the Maine Land Conservation Conference, in Scott Dickerson’s acceptance statement for the Espy Award on April 25th, 2014. Scott stated, “The Espy Award is wonderful recognition of the land conservation accomplishments we achieve together…I’m dedicating $2000 of the honorarium of the Espy Award to Friends of Sears Island in honor of Marietta Ramsdell, and $2000 to the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition in honor of Cloe Chunn. Both organizations represent the roots of conservation, and Marietta and Cloe are exemplars of visionary and diligent leadership.” Scott Dickerson is the former Executive Director of Coastal Mountains Land Trust.