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Three Boys and a Brook

The Hatt Parcel Story – Mill Brook Preserve, Westbrook

Three Boys and a Brook is a new video produced for Presumpscot Regional Land Trust by Galen Koch in which three members of the Land Trust reflect on their association in the 1940s and 1950s with what is now a portion of the Mill Brook Preserve. In this pictorial introduction to the thirty acres Ralph Hatt donated in 2016, Ralph expresses why he worked through the trust to assure enduring public enjoyment on his land.


Family Learn to Snowshoe with WinterKids

family-snowshoeing-2016-smaller-imageSaturday February 11th at 10am
Hawkes Preserve, Gorham

Join us for a family-friendly Snowshoe Nature Walk at our Hawkes Preserve. This program will be a fun introduction to snowshoeing with games and forest exploration. Snowshoes will be provided for all who attend. Snowshoeing recommended for kids three years old and older. The program will be led by Marion Doyle of WinterKids. The event is free, but space is limited, RSVP is required, click here to RSVP.

Full Moon Snowshoe

full-moon-snowshoeSaturday, January 14, 2017
Randall Orchards, Standish

Join us for a nearly full moon snowshoe at Randall Orchards – the farm we helped protect as farmland forever.  We will meet at the farm at sunset and head out to explore the 500-acres of conserved orchard and forest while watching the moon rise. The snowshoe will be about one mile and the program will last two hours. After the walk, we will be serving hot cider from apples grown and pressed on-site at the orchard. This event is now full. If you missed signing up this year, please join us next year for this annual event.

Trail Grand Opening

mill-brook-grand-openingTRAIL GRAND OPENING
Saturday December 10, 2016
Mill Brook Preserve, Westbrook

Join us for the official grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Mill Brook Preserve three-mile trail system. The event will begin at 1pm with a ribbon cutting led by Colleen Hilton, outgoing Mayor of Westbrook, Mike Sanphy, incoming Mayor of Westbrook and Mike Parker, land trust board member. Following the ribbon cutting, Toby Jacobs, will lead a 1.5 hour guided walk along the newest and most rugged section of trail in the most remote area of the preserve. As the trail creator, Toby will share stories of building the trail plus history and wildlife unique to Mill Brook. We hope you can come celebrate and join us for the first official walk on the new trail system that over 70 volunteers helped to build. Trail maps will be available at the event.

Explore Black Brook Preserve

new-bridge-101308-copySunday November 13 at 10 a.m.

Join us for a fall walk on our 100 acre Black Brook Preserve. This preserve is now a part of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust after its unification with the Windham Land Trust, The walk will be both a celebration of the new joint trust and a great chance to experience the land that inspired the forming of the Windham Land Trust.  The walk will be guided by Dennis Hawkes, a steward of the land and one of the leaders who helped protect this land. The walk will be approximately two miles on mostly flat terrain and last two hours.

Three Southern Maine Conservation Groups Merge Into Larger Land Trust

The new Presumpscot Regional Land Trust is expected to have greater reach.

Monday October 3, 2016
BY DEIRDRE FLEMING STAFF WRITER, Portland Press Herald | @FlemingPph | 207-791-6452

Three conservation groups have merged to form a group that’s expected to have a greater impact protecting land in southern Maine.

The merger of the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, the Windham Land Trust and the Presumpscot River Watch is the latest in a trend in which conservation groups in Maine have combined resources.

The new organization will continue to be called the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. It will oversee 25 preserves covering 1,400 acres in Gray, Windham, Standish, Westbrook, Sebago and Gorham.

The group has two paid staffers who were employed by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust.

The group also will conduct water testing along the Presumpscot River watershed and work with volunteers in the communities within the watershed, which also include Buxton, Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland and Raymond.

The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust expands to 300 members with the merger, according to the executive director, Rachelle Curran Apse.

She expects the membership to swell as the new entity works to conserve more land in a greater area.

“We will be able to coordinate more volunteers through the watershed,” Curran Apse said. “By having the same staff oversee all the preserves, we have the capacity to look for more opportunities to talk with more people who are interested in conservation land.”

Apse said the new land trust’s coverage area touches a population of 125,000 residents in Greater Portland, and the population it will reach along the watershed is as large as 250,000.

Last year, four nonprofit conservation groups in midcoast Maine merged to form the Midcoast Conservancy, a land trust that now overseas more than 6,600 acres and has a membership of more than 1,300.

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Sunday October 2,  5 – 7 p.m.
Randall Orchard, Standish

Join the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, Presumpscot River Watch, and Windham Land Trust for a celebration of conservation at our joint annual meeting. Come early and enjoy apple picking and tractor rides. Join us at 5pm for live music, appetizers and a cider pressing and tasting tour. This will be followed by a program celebrating conservation victories of all three organizations, with a short annual meeting, and ending with priority projects for the coming year.

The celebration will be at Randall Orchards, which is owned by the Randall family. As of 2014, the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust now holds a 500 acre conservation and agricultural easement on the orchard and surrounding forest. We hope you can join us at Randall Orchards on October 2nd.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: Mill Brook Preserve Hike

Saturday September 17th at 10am
Mill Brook Preserve, Westbrook

Join us for a two hour walk on our brand new trail in Mill Brook Preserve in Westbrook as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Just a few miles west of Portland, you will be amazed how wild and beautiful our newest Preserve is. The walk will be led by Toby Jacobs, the land trust Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator. Toby will both share his experience designing and building the trail and highlight the unique wildlife habitat along the brook. The walk will be approximately 2 miles and will include some steep terrain.

Invasive Plant Workshop

Invasiveplantworkshopimage Saturday August 20th at 9am
Cummings Preserve, Gorham

Join us in the field to learn how to identify, report, and remove some of Maine’s most common and harmful invasive plants. At the end of the program, we will put these skills into practice by working as a group to manage an area on one of our preserves affected by invasives. This three-hour workshop will be led by Toby Jacobs, our Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator.  The event is free, but space is limited, RSVP required.

10,000 Years of Community Along the River: The Archaeology of the Presumpscot River

Sebago Lake Basin for archeology walk 2016Saturday July 30th at 10am
Head of the Presumpscot River, Standish

Join us for a guided walk to learn about prehistoric cultures that lived along the Presumpscot River and see some of the pottery, stone tools, and other remains that have been found and studied by Archeologists. This guided walk will be led by Nate Hamilton, Professor of Archaeology at USM, and Dick Doyle, Trustee with the Maine Archaeological Society . This will be a special opportunity to visit our 50 acre Stuart Preserve and see the remains that have been collected from the outlet of Sebago Lake and the beginning of the Presumpscot River.