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Posted on Aug 31, 2017

Our Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell and Eddie Woodin

Eddie Woodin: A Friend Indeed!

Eddie Woodin has a backyard that should be showcased on Home & Garden TV. Eddie has planted acres of bee-friendly flowers, nurtured trees, shrubs, and green spaces, and installed nesting boxes and bird baths to accommodate bevies of birds. He has maintained his two-acre refuge without pesticides for nearly 20 years.

One afternoon a decade ago, Eddie was sitting on a bench in his yard at dusk. He noticed that there were none of the brown bats that normally dive bombed clouds of mosquitoes at that time of day. Then he realized there were no mosquitoes either.

Thus began a crusade. On September 21, 2011, thanks to Eddie’s advocacy, Scarborough passed its Pest Management Policy, which effectively banned the use of synthetic lawn chemicals on town-owned land, including school grounds and athletic fields.

Eddie says he was inspired to take action by our BayScaping campaign that educates residents on how to have green yard and a blue Bay—without using pesticides and fertilizers. He is taking that message to others who love Maine as a “friendraiser” for Friends of Casco Bay. Eddie has issued a challenge to the guests at our Tenth Anniversary Wild & Science Film Festival to match his $5,000 donation.

He hopes that other donors recognize that much of what Friends of Casco Bay does, from research to education to working with policy makers, is necessary work that is not getting done by government or by private enterprise.

And it could not be done without individuals like Eddie Woodin—and you!

Please help us match Eddie’s challenge and donate today!