About Us

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Presumpscot Regional Land Trust supports healthy lands, waters, wildlife, and people across the Presumpscot River watershed through conservation, water quality monitoring, education, and public access.

The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust is a non-profit organization working within the Presumpscot River Watershed and holds conservation lands in the towns of Gorham, Gray, Sebago, Standish, Westbrook and Windham.

In September of 2017, members of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust voted to incorporate Gorham Trails’ conserved lands and take on their stewardship.

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, 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.

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 the land trust called the Water Stewards program.

BOARD MEMBERS

Joanne Chessey
Sebago

Matt Craig
Cape Elizabeth

Richard Curtis
Gorham

Valerie DeVuyst
Windham

Fred Dillon
Portland

Melissa Hamlin
Westbrook

Ben Lord
Gorham

Michael Parker
Windham

Priscilla Payne
Windham

Tamara Lee Pinard
Gray

Tom Pitman
Gorham

June Sleeper
Windham

Matt Streeter
Portland

Glenice Stover
Windham

 

STAFF

Rachelle Curran Apse
Executive Director

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

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.