Presumpscot Regional Land Trust hires Executive Director

Rachelle Curran Apse is a Gorham native who most recently managed a successful campaign to open the community-owned Portland Food Co-op

Rachelle Curran Apse
Rachelle Curran Apse

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust (PRLT) announced today that it has hired Gorham native Rachelle Curran Apse to be its Executive Director. Apse has worked with a number of Maine environmental non-profit organizations and has a deep commitment to land conservation.

“We are lucky to have someone with Rachelle’s skills, experience, and passion to serve in this important position for our growing land trust,” said PRLT Board President Mike Parker. “She is uniquely equipped to provide leadership to the land trust while it pursues new opportunities to acquire lands along Westbrook’s Mill Brook, coordinate the 28-mile Sebago to the Sea Trail, and steward over a thousand acres already in conservation.”

Apse has worked with a number of Maine environmental non-profit organizations, including Maine Audubon and the Environmental Health Strategy Center. Most recently, she was project manager for the Portland Food Co-op, leading a successful campaign to open a community-owned marketplace that supports a healthier, more sustainable food system. She was instrumental in recruiting over 1,500 new member-owners and raising the $1.6 million in capital funding needed to open the co-op last fall.

“I am excited and honored to serve as the Executive Director of PRLT. Having grown up a nature enthusiast in the heart of the Presumpscot region, I feel a deep connection to the area,” said Apse. “I’ve also seen firsthand the disappearance of many of its open and accessible places, so I understand the urgency to conserve land in what’s become the fastest growing region of the state. I am impressed with what the land trust has already been able to conserve for wildlife, agriculture, and recreation, and excited about its new opportunities. I look forward to helping lead the land trust’s growth into the future.”

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust’s mission is to conserve and protect outstanding lands in Gorham, Gray, Sebago, Standish, Westbrook, and Windham to preserve the character of the Presumpscot River watershed for the benefit of people and wildlife. Learn more at