About Madelyn Marx: A KLT Founder & Champion For Nature

Madelyn Marx (1924-2019) was one of the Founders during the late 1960s of the Town of Kennebunk Conservation Commission and served as its chairwoman. When a major oil refinery complex was proposed in the early 1970s for Sanford, she played a major organizational role in the Friends of Intelligent Land Use which opposed and defeated the project.

During the mid-1970s, IT&T proposed a massive Levittown housing development on Summer Street. Madelyn helped organize the local petition effort which sent IT&T out of Kennebunk empty handed. Out of that local struggle, Madelyn, Charles Cole, and Ed Winston, Conservation Commission members, with the help of a $750 Ford Foundation grant, founded Ramanascho Trust, the precursor of today’s Kennebunk Land Trust. Through the joint efforts of the Town and Ramanascho, Wonder Brook Park was established, preventing any future Levittown copycats for that large pristine tract between Wonder Brook and the Kennebunk River.

In 1998, the Kennebunk Land Trust recognized Madelyn’s pioneering dedication to land conservation by establishing the 14-acre Madelyn Marx Preserve along the Mousam River. In a Coast Star interview at that time, Madelyn credited her conservationist mother for shaping her love of Maine’s coast, open spaces, and forests. She said, “I picked it up from her.”

Madelyn was honored by the Maine House and Senate in 1999 for her service to her town and for her being a pioneer in land conservation and preservation in Maine. Her accomplishments in those fields are numerous and have had a lasting impact on her beloved Kennebunk and southern Maine.

She served as the secretary-treasurer of the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions, a director of Audubon, and secretary of the Executive Committee of Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission.

Madelyn was the first woman to serve on the Kennebunk Zoning Board of Appeals and during the 1970s served on 3 zoning review committees. She served as the secretary of the Kennebunk Beach Coastal Association which works to retain its residential character.

Madelyn was an avid Red Sox fan who loved to talk about yesterday’s game, that we didn’t need to “wait till next year,” what player was “hot” or “not,” and who should be traded away. If it was a west coast night game, she might even admit she had a mid-day nap so she could stay up for the late game.

She also loved politics—Republican politics. She was a regular at the local campaign party headquarters—stuffing envelopes, assembling campaign signs, and raising funds. She loved Bill Cohen and then Susan Collins.

Her many friends enjoyed her stories about growing up the 1930s and 40s in Kennebunk. She’d laugh that her father, who winter cut, stored, and delivered ice throughout town, never seemed to bring home enough ice for his own family.

Now that you’ve learned a bit about Madelyn, please enjoy a walk at Madelyn Marx Preserve, named after this wonderful environmental champion!

 

Madelyn at KLT’s Strawberry Island Preserve, late 1950’s. Strawberry Island was one of KLT’s early acquisitions.

KLT Welcomes Three New Board Members

Erin Cavallaro
Lori Beath
Bill Cox

The Kennebunk Land Trust is excited to announce that it has welcomed three new board members to its Board of Director: Erin Cavallaro, Lori Beath, and Bill Cox. These new members join a strong Board of Directors that includes Rob Felvinci, Scott Gasperin, Tony Liguori, Tom Wellman, and KLT’s Chair of the Board of Directors, Beth Sandmire.

Erin is a Kennebunk native and has always had a passion for open spaces and the environment. She is currently the Director of Philanthropy for Maine Farmland Trust, a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers and their businesses, and advances the future of farming.  Erin has spent over a decade raising funds and developing creative communication campaigns for local and regional nonprofit organizations. 

After spending over 30 summers in Kennebunk, Lori and her family officially moved to Kennebunk in 2016. She became interested in the Kennebunk Land Trust to make sure that this wonderful town does not become over developed and lose its charm. She previously served on the board of the Jon Francis Foundation whose mission is dedicated to saving lives through wilderness safety education, empowering families who have suffered the loss of an adult loved one in the wilderness and advocating for legal protection for missing adults.

Bill has worked 35 years in the investment management industry including institutional and management positions with The Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC Wood Gundy and Drexel Burnham & Lambert. Since 1997, he has been a managing member and Chief Investment Officer of Cox Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory and wealth management firm. Bill’s family has spent summers in Maine since 1963; his family moved to Maine full time in April 2019. Bill loves exploring the Maine outdoors with his family. He is an active member of the Cape Arundel Golf Club, serving as president from 2006-2008.

The mission of the Kennebunk Land Trust is to permanently conserve and steward land to benefit natural and human communities. KLT is a membership powered organization and relies on its members to fulfill its mission. KLT has protected over 3,400 acres throughout its 48 year history. Visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org to become a member or learn more about the Trust.

3 Trusts, 1 Community: Outdoor Education Boxes

Kennebunk Land Trust is proud to partner with our friends at Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and Arundel Conservation Trust to bring the outdoors to you! If you are a Kennebunk resident and have ordered an education box from KCT, you may pick up your box at the Kennebunk Land Trust office.

The Kennebunk Land Trust office is a yellow building located at 6 Brown Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.

Pick up is available on Friday, June 26th from 9am-1pm. After June 26th, pick up hours are Tuesday-Thursday 9am-1pm. When you arrive to pick up your box, please call us at 207-985-8734 and a KLT staff member will meet you at your vehicle.

BECOME A KLT MEMBER: Kennebunk Land Trust has protected over 3,400 acres of forest, fields and waterways, including 1,600 acres of the Kennebunk Plains. KLT is a membership powered organization. Please consider making donation/becoming a memberClick here!! Your support makes a positive impact in our community!

Eagle Scout Project at Alewive Woods

Thank you to Everett B. of BSA Troop 304-Kennebunk for partnering with us on his Eagle Scout project at Alewive Woods. Everett rebuilt a bridge at the property and it looks great! Alewive Woods Preserve is over 625 acres of land with a 45-acre pond at its center. Originally planned as the second phase of Alewive Farms residential development, the property was conserved by the Trust in 1990.  The property is enjoyed by many in all seasons.

First Wellness Walk of 2020!

Kennebunk Land Trust and Kennebunk Parks & Recreation Department are proud to announce Southern Maine Health Care as its 2020 Wellness Walk Corporate Sponsor. The Wellness Walk Series provides guided social walks aimed at being active, building community, and opting outside. This sponsorship aligns with SMHC’s mission to improve the health and health care of the residents of York County. The first wellness walk was held at Sea Road Preserve on February 12th at 11AM. KLT would also like to recognize its Principal Sponsor, Kennebunk Savings.  

 

Thanks to all who joined us for our first Wellness Walk!

Social Walk Series, A Success!

KLT launched a new partnership with the Kennebunk Parks & Rec–Social Walk on KLT preserves. These walks helped build a network/community of walkers and encouraged people to be active and recreate! These walks illuminate the many places that KLT has protected that are great for people and great for wildlife.

Environmental Speaker Series Ends on a High Note

Whether it’s their beautiful songs or their bright colors, birds have always been a hot topic. About 25 people joined KLT for its last Environmental Speaker Series of the year–“Backyard Birding.” This program was presented in partnership with Maine Audubon and held at the elegant Nonantum Resort. Thank you to those that attended, thank you to Maine Audubon, thank you to the Nonantum, and thank you to our Speaker Series Sponsor, Spang Builders, for a wonderful program.

KLT Partners with Maine Conservation Corp to Improve Trail at Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary

KLT Partners with MCC, Makes Trail Improvements

Many people enjoy the Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary property, located along Water Street. It’s a 38-acre preserve has over 2,400 feet of frontage along the Mousam River. There is a hill at the preserve that many have found difficulty traversing, especially in the winter months when the trail can be icy. This year, KLT partnered with the Maine Conservation Corp to establish crib steps at the preserve. This will make the property more accessible in all seasons. The KLT team will put a few finishing touches on the project later this month.  We also want to thank several boys from the Kennebunk High School Football team for volunteering to move some materials into the preserve so that this project could be completed.

Crib steps at KLT’s Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary

Maine Conservation Corp crew who led this project.

KLT Par 3 Golf Tournament 2019 at Hillcrest Golf

KLT Par 3 Golf Tournament 2019 at Hillcrest Golf Was a Blast!

Thanks to the 50+ players who joined us at this year’s par 3 golf tournament at Hillcrest Golf! Thanks to all our sponsors: Griffon Security Technologies,Avita of WellsJulie Barros, RealtorSouthern Maine Health CareLone Pine Brewing CompanySanford Springvale Chamber of Commerce, Hazelwood Handyman, Hancock Lumber Company in Kennebunk,People’s United Bank-Kennebunk Branch, Sanford FlooringCole Harrison InsuranceThe Law Office of Jessie L. KrallZandri’s Martial Arts, Bob Zuke Builders, R& E Associates, Beath Family, Sandmire Family, and Harrison Family. Kennebunk SubwayAroma Joe’s Coffee,Huston & CompanyBoulangerie, A Proper BakeryLucky Star Restaurant, Thanks to Dave Sandmire for this aerial video of the tournament: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1ZK5tgsfqM

Want to play or sponsor next year? It’s $20 per player or $80 per team. Sponsorship costs $100 and includes a sign at the hole, recognition at the beer/wine cheese reception, and  2 of your 4 players. Sponsorship and full team is $140. Contact kennebunklandtrust@gmail.com to learn more.

 

 

KLT Annual Meeting & Summer Social ’19 with Guest Speaker, Comm. of MDIFW

KLT Annual Meeting & Summer Social 2019 

Guest Speaker, Judy Camuso, Commissioner for the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

 This year, more than 60 people joined us at our Annual Meeting and Summer Social. The Guest speaker was Judy Camuso, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW). The Commissioner discussed Maine’s wildlife with a focus on the department’s programs and resources. The event was held on Wednesday, August 21st at the Brick Store Museum’s program Center, located at 4 Dane Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043. The program started at 6pm with a brief KLT Annual Meeting followed by the Commissioner’s presentation at 6:15pm. Wine and cheese reception followed. This program was free and open to the public.

 

Judy Camuso became Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in February, 2019, and became the first department employee to be named commissioner in over 30 years, as well as the first female commissioner of the department.

 

Judy was promoted from her position as the MDIFW director of the wildlife division, a position she held since 2013. She began her career in 2007 as an assistant regional wildlife biologist in southern Maine, and then was promoted to the special projects coordinator before being selected as director.

 

As Commissioner, she oversees over 300 employees whose job is to preserve, protect, and enhances the inland fisheries and wildlife resources of the state. The department is also responsible for promoting the safe enjoyment of Maine’s outdoors — from whitewater rafting to boating, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation.

 

The agency’s constituents include the fish, wildlife, and people who call Maine home, as well as

the visitors who call Maine Vacationland.