Presumpscot Regional Land Trust hires Toby Jacobs as Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator

Newly created position will allow land trust to build more trails on its lands and better serve the public with programming

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Date: April 13, 2016
Contact: Rachelle Curran Apse, 400-7154

The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust has hired Toby Jacobs as Stewardship and Outreach Coordinator. This newly created position will allow the land trust to build more trails on its lands and better serve the public with programming.

“We’re very excited to have this new position because we can create more recreational trails and opportunities for people to learn more about the natural world where we live, said Rachelle Curran Apse, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust Executive Director. We’re lucky to have someone with Toby’s level of experience and expertise. He will be a great asset to the region.”

Jacobs has a master’s in conservation biology and has spent over a decade working for environmental organizations. 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.

“Growing up in Brunswick, I became fascinated with the natural world while exploring the town’s network of trails and I am excited to provide that same opportunity for others,” said Jacobs.

As a community based non-profit, this new position is possible due to member support and grants from L.L.Bean-Maine Land Trust Grant Program, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and the Maine Community Foundation’s Fund for Maine Land Conservation.

Toby will be coordinating the effort to build a three-mile trail this summer on the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust’s Mill Brook Preserve in Westbrook for the public to access and enjoy the serene beauty of Mill Brook and see the alewife fish migration. Building the trail will involve dozens of volunteers, if you are interested in volunteering please contact toby@prlt.org.

BACKGROUND: The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust is a non-profit that conserves and protects 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. The land trust has conserved over 1,100 acres of land and has 7 public access Preserves with trails that are free and open to the public, including the 28-mile long Sebago to the Sea Trail. Learn more at www.prlt.org.