KLT Appoints New Director

The Kennebunk Land Trust (KLT) is excited to welcome Sarah Stanley as the organization’s new Director. KLT’s current Executive Director, Gordon Collins, is retiring after 2.5 years on staff and previously serving on the Trust’s Board of Directors.

As a native of southern Maine, Sarah has demonstrated a deep commitment to the state through her interest in the environment and conservation. Sarah is a Bates College alumna with a background in Environmental Studies, Politics, and Geology. She is a Registered Recreational Maine Guide, is certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid, and holds a private pilot’s license and seaplane rating.  Sarah previously worked as KLT’s Development & Administrative Manager. While at KLT, Stanley led the organization’s outreach efforts, creating new programs that encouraged partnerships with local businesses as well as connected with larger companies, like Google, to establish new ways to interact with the public and promote community conservation. She also increased KLT’s fundraising efforts through both grants and events. She is excited to establish new relationships with members, strengthen existing relationships, and continue to work toward achieving the Trust’s mission of preserving and stewarding land to benefit both natural and human communities.  Sarah can be reached at the Kennebunk Land Trust, located at 6 Brown Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 or by calling 207-985-8734.

KLT & Friends of Hope Cemetery & Woods Announce Partnership to Conserve Hope Woods

Hope Woods, October 28th, 2018. Photo by: Brooke Larrabee.

 The Kennebunk Land Trust (KLT)  has entered an exciting new collaboration with two local organizations, the Friends of Hope Woods and the Hope Cemetery Corporation. Hope Woods is located on Barnard Lane, just off of Rt. 1 in Kennebunk. The Cemetery owns 72 acres of undeveloped forest and open meadows situated directly behind the cemetery. KLT is partnering to conserve this land through a conservation easement. The 72 acres is comprised of a 2-mile network of trails and an abundance of wildlife; it provides a natural oasis of open space adjacent to Kennebunk’s bustling downtown area. It is an exceptional recreational area containing a constellation of giant cedars, copper beech trees, a large hemlock grove, and many towering pines.

Today, Hope Cemetery finds itself struggling to maintain the cemetery, placing the future of Hope Woods in question. Through this partnership, we hope to raise funds to create a permanent sanctuary of tranquility and natural beauty in the heart of downtown Kennebunk, where residents and visitors alike can seek peace and rejuvenate on lands linked to our past.

Harvest Festival 2018 marked the launch of the public phase of this campaign. KLT has pledged a gift of $50,000 with an opportunity for up to a $100,000 public match. We hope this gift inspires greater public support to conserve this green space located in the heart of our village! Check our  website’s calendar or follow us on social media to learn of upcoming guided walks of the preserve.



Report To Community 2018

This year’s Report To Community & Thank You Reception took place on Tuesday, Sept. 18th at the Brick Store Museum Program Center. KLT shared several accomplishments and plans for the future. Staff  and Board Members at KLT were proud to report several new initiatives, projects, and programs as well as the enhancement of annual events.

A few highlights:

  • New programs such as a Par 3 Golf Tournament designed to engage with business leaders in the community.
  • Google Trekker collaboration. Visit our “Properties” section to experience a virtual walk!
  • Continued/lasting stewardship volunteer opportunities.
  • Another successful auction with new features and a fun Kentucky Derby theme.
  • Announcement of KLT’s new partnership to conserve Hope Woods, located behind Hope Cemetery in Kennebunk.
  • The above photo depicts Tim Glidden, President of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Glidden was this year’s guest speaker. To view the slideshow from Tim’s presentation, please see the link below.

Tim’s Presentation: 9.18.18


Kennebunk Land Trust Collaborates With Google, Offers Virtual Walks

Last Fall, The Kennebunk Land Trust (KLT) engaged in a unique project with Google that allows the public to virtually experience many of the Trust’s preserves. The Land Trust used the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system. The Trekker is worn and walked through pedestrian walkways or trails on foot, automatically gathering images as it goes. That imagery is then stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas you see today in Google Maps. Staff and volunteers walked several of the Kennebunk Land Trust’s most visited preserves, using the camera to record the walks. Anyone from across the globe can now virtually experience these areas as a result of this collaboration with Google. The goal of this project is to enhance access to the natural environment and foster new connections with a broader audience. This virtual trail system will aid in ensuring that these preserves can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age, ability, or distance.

Land Trust sites that were trekked are listed below. Click on the link of each site to begin your own virtual walk. Though not a KLT preserve, Hope Woods was selected because of the Land Trust’s new partnership to protect the woods through a conservation easement. All of the walks were recorded in Autumn to highlight the beautiful Fall foliage.

The Kennebunk Land Trust, founded in 1972, has conserved over 3,400 acres throughout its history, including the Kennebunk Plains. KLT is a membership driven organization and relies on its dedicated members and volunteers to achieve its mission of permanently conserving and stewarding land for both natural and human communities. Visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org or call 207-985-8734 to learn more.

List of Sites:

Hope Woods

Wonder Brook Preserve

Oxbow Preserve

Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary

Secret Garden Preserve

Butler Preserve

Alewive Woods Preserve

Thank You Acquisition Campaign Supporters!

Kennebunk Land Trust is proud and happy to announce the successful completion of its For All Forever Land Acquisition Campaign.

Thanks to generous and enthusiastic supporters and funders, the 111-acre parcel is now permanently conserved. This stellar tract of land is now an important part of the character of the town of Kennebunk.

Scores of volunteers offered imagination and worked with committment to secure this property, which will now be made available for public recreation. We deeply appreciate that our vision was recognized and shared by others. And, we are grateful for the hard work and gifts of time, talent and dollars that brought this project ot fruition.

Thank you!

Thirty Days

Today is April 27th. Kennebunk Land Trust has just 30 days to raise the remaining $158K to permanently conserve an incredible 111-acre parcel of land in Kennebunk.
This golden opportunity is yours and ours. Together we can make this happen.
Every contribution makes a difference and a Kennebunk Savings Match Grant will double your gift!
Click here to make a donation or call us now with your gift, 985-8734.

111 For All Forever Worth Our Support

Kennebunk Land Trust salutes York County Coast Star for their editorial endorsement of the Trust’s For All Forever land acquisition campaign which can be read here. As the YCCS, the Town of Kennebunk Selectmen, and the voters understand, conserving this land is tied to the beauty and character of this area – it IS something worth protecting For All Forever!

Every contribution gets us closer and we need your help to make it happen.

Please make a contribution. Thank you!