About Us

The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust engages with communities to conserve, steward, and provide access to local lands and clean water for current and future generations to enjoy.

We are a community based nonprofit primarily serving Gorham, Gray, Standish, Westbrook, and Windham. We hold 1,600 acres of conserved lands with 14 free public access preserves that include trails and water access. We are the water stewards of the Presumpscot River watershed and we coordinate the Sebago to the Sea Trail, a 28-mile trail from Standish to Portland.

To learn more about our vision and long term plans see our Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust
P.O. Box 33, Gorham ME 04038
office: (207) 839-4633, info@prlt.org

In September of 2017, members of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust and Gorham Trails Inc voted to incorporate all Gorham Trails Inc’ conserved lands within the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.

In October 2016, members of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, Windham Land Trust, and Presumpscot River Watch voted to merge as one organization with the name Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust was founded in 1986 and has conserved land in Gorham, Gray, Sebago, Standish, Windham and Westbrook.  Windham Land Trust was founded in 2000 and had conserved lands in Gorham, Gray, and Windham.  Gorham Trails Inc, a town land trust in Gorham, had conserved lands in Gorham, Windham and Westbrook. The three land trusts shared much of the same coverage area, along with many members and values–making the three organizations a natural fit to merge.

Founded in 1989, Presumpscot River Watch uses volunteers to sample and test water quality at points on the Presumpscot River and its tributaries. This work has now become an ongoing program of our land trust called the Water Stewards program.


Joanne Chessey

Matt Craig
Cape Elizabeth

Richard Curtis

Valerie DeVuyst

Fred Dillon

Melissa Hamlin

Ben Lord

Michael Parker

Priscilla Payne

Tamara Lee Pinard

Tom Pitman

June Sleeper

Matt Streeter

Glenice Stover



Rachelle Curran Apse
Executive Director
(207) 839-4633, rachelle@prlt.org

Rachelle has worked for 15 years in the environmental non-profit field as a project manager, outdoor and environmental educator, marketing and fundraising professional, and a facilitator. Rachelle has worked for the Portland Food Co-op, the Environmental Health Strategy Center, Maine Audubon, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group. Rachelle holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and M.A. in Social Science with a focus on Environment and Community. She also has completed the Lift 360 (formerly Institute for Civic Leadership) Leadership Intensive Course and is currently a volunteer board member of the Portland Food Co-op. In her free time, Rachelle enjoys hiking and exploring in nature with her family.

Toby Jacobs
Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator
cell: (207) 844-0114, toby@prlt.org

Toby has spent over a decade working for environmental organizations and has a Master’s in Conservation Biology. Internationally, he has managed conservation projects in Costa Rica and Honduras. In Maine, he has surveyed the City of Portland’s trees, managed volunteers in Portland’s urban gardens, monitored shellfish areas for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and maintained miles of land trust trails. He also serves on the Board of the Freeport Conservation Trust. In his free time Toby enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, and exploring the Maine woods.