KLT Highlights Preserves With Aerial Videos

 

KLT has protected many beautiful preserves throughout our community.  KLT wanted to capture the beauty of these preserves in all seasons. Dave Sandmire, KLT member, volunteered to do just that–he took videos of several KLT preserves in all seasons. This is a wonderful way to experience the properties in a new way. To check out the videos visit our new Youtube site! Thank you to Dave for spearheading this project.

Interested in supporting conservation and open space within our community? Become a member today!

Hope Woods Celebration, 2019

Hope For The Future–Saving Hope Woods

Kennebunk, ME June 10, 2019 – On May 19, 2019, the community gathered in the meadow of Hope Woods to celebrate the success of the Hope Woods Conservation Initiative.  Attendees heard from Hope Woods Conservation Co-chairs George C. Harrington and Tom Wellman, Hope Cemetery Presisent Betsy T. Stevens, Honorary Co-chairs Tom and Kate Chappell, Land for Maine’s Future representative Tom Miragliuolo, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust Land Protection Manager Keith Fletcher. A ceremonial ribbon cutting opened the trails to all forever.

 

Refreshments were provided by Destination Catering, with their vintage Airstream Caravan serving ice cream and homemade rhubarb soda instead of the usual cocktails and raw bar. The day’s events concluded with guided walks of Hope Woods with Maine Master Naturalists Gordon Collins, Joan Hull, and Linda Grenfell.

 

“We are pleased and grateful to have met our campaign goal of $1.4 million, which has saved the Woods and provided much-needed funds for the financial stability of Hope Cemetery,” said George C. Harrington. The campaign raised funds to begin work on a universally accessible trail, and we are already beginning. We will continue to seek donations for this and other projects.”

 

“Kennebunk Land Trust is proud to be the conservation easement holder for Hope Woods and we look forward to partnering with the Friends of Hope Cemetery & Woods to enhance public access to open space and protect areas that allow wildlife to thrive,” said KLT Director Sarah Stanley.

 

All are invited to enjoy Hope Woods – open daily from dawn to dusk. Access the trails from the rear of Hope Cemetery on Barnard Lane, Wood Pond Lane, Fletcher Street across from Mechanic Street, or at Woodhaven Drive. A copy of the trail map can be downloaded from the Hope Cemetery & Woods website https://hopecemeterykennebunk.com/woods/ or pick up a copy at Kennebunk Free Library, Kennebunk Parks & Recreation office, or Kennebunk Land Trust office.

Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting in Celebration of Hope Woods Conservation Initiative Success: Front row l-r: Laura Dolce (KKA Chamber of Commerce), Tom Chappell (Honorary Co-Chair), Kate Cheney Chappell (Honorary Co-Chair), George C. Harrington (Campaign Co-Chair), Betsy T. Stevens (Hope Cemetery Corporation), Sarah Stanley (Kennebunk Land Trust), Bonnie Pothier (Sen. King’s office), and Prentiss Kurtz (Sen. Collins’ office). Back row l-r: Tom Miragliuolo (Land for Maine’s Future), Brad Paige (Kennebunk Savings), Tom Wellman (Campaign Co-Chair), and Blake Baldwin (Kennebunk Selectman).

 

First Environmental Speaker Series Was A Success!

40+ people joined the Kennebunk Land Trust for the organization’s first speaker series of the year. This first program was held on Saturday, May 18th. Center For Wildlife shared a presentation on raptors, reptiles, and mammals of Maine. The Center’s animal ambassadors were present, allowing folks a close up view of some wonderful wildlife. This first program was sponsored by Hampton Inn-Kennebunk/Kennebunkport. Thank you to all who joined us at this program. If you enjoyed this program or would like to participate in other KLT programs, please consider supporting KLT through membership. Membership makes these outreach opportunities possible.

 

Interested in purchasing a Winter Dine Around Card?

Cost of card is $30. All proceeds benefit KLT. The recipient receives a one-time 10% discount off their bill from participating restaurants (unless otherwise indicated on card). Card can be used for up to a party of 2 people. The card is valid January 1st through June 1st 2019, excludes alcohol and holidays.

Card can be purchased at the KLT Office or online using the donate page. Once at the donate page, select the donate button and donate $30 (there is note a specific option for the winter dine around card). We will reach out to confirm your transaction was to purchase a card. Click here  to visit the donate page and purchase a card. Cards can be mailed to the address associated with your purchase. This is not a tax deductible donation.

Questions? Call us at 207-985-8734.

Thank you to our participating restaurants:

On The Marsh

Ports of Italy

Duffy’s Tavern & Grill

Sebago Brewing Company

Lucky Star

50 Local

Old Vines Wine Bar

Squaretoes

Crotux Kitchen & Taphouse

The Blue (unlimited visits)

 

KLT Par 3 Golf Tournament

The Kennebunk Land Trust Par 3 Golf Tournament at Hillcrest Golf was a success again this year. We had about 50 players. It was a fun afternoon supporting local conservation.

Hole Sponsors:

Avita of Wells

Sanford/Springvale Chamber of Commerce

Griffon Security Technologies

CU Security Solutions

Cole Harrison Insurance

Blue Rock Industries

Sanford Flooring

Town Square Realty Group

Law Office of Jessie L. Krall

JAK Designs

R&E Associates

HMH Vises

Bowl A Rama- Sanford

Rustic Taps

Owen’s Farmhouse

York County Federal Credit Union

Westbrook Creek LLC

Food/Beverage Sponsors:

Kennebunk Subway

Down East Wine

 

KLT & K’Bunk New School Students!

  

KLT Stewardship Committee & Students From K’Bunk’s New School Conduct Trail Work!

Shortly before Thanksgiving, members of the Kennebunk Land Trust’s Stewardship Committee spent two days working with students from the New School, located in Kennebunk. Students enjoyed spending time with members from the Stewardship committee and engaging in trail work at the Trust’s Secret Garden Preserve. Students from the New School have volunteered previously with the Land Trust and the Trust was excited to work with students again this year!

 

CONNECT Fair

KLT Joins In CONNECT Non Profit Fair

The Land Trust participated in the CONNECT Fair earlier this month, an event designed to bring together local non profits in the community. The fair is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. This year, over 40 non profits participated in the fair! The Land Trust’s display was a big hit with visitors! The table showcased a plethora of mammal skulls collected by KLT Board Member, Tony Liguori. The display presented an opportunity to discuss the local fauna seen out on the trails and throughout the region!

The Trust is a membership driven organization and relies on support from its members to conduct conservation work in the towns of Kennebunk, Arundel, and Lyman. If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a member, or renewing your membership, please call us at 207-985-8734 or stop by our office located on 6 Brown Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 (hours are M-F, 8:30am-5pm).

Thank You To Community Reception: 2017

Thank You To Community Reception:  Sept. 2017

The Kennebunk Land Trust held its annual Thank You To Community Reception at the Brick Store Museum Program Center yesterday evening, Wednesday, September 13th. The event began with a formal meeting to recap the work the Trust engaged in this year. KLT Board Chair, Tom Wellman, welcomed guests and provided an overview of the organization’s success throughout the year; KLT Director, Gordon Collins, highlighted a number of exciting collaborations with local businesses, partnerships with peer conservation organizations, the integration of operational processes, and the enhancement and diversification of the Trust’s communication and outreach.

The meeting portion of the event concluded with thoughts provided by two well recognized guest speakers, Kate Cheney Chappell and Tom Chappell, founders of Tom’s of Maine. The couple shared  how their passion for the community and interest in conservation are cornerstones of the life they have built in Kennebunk.

A reception began after the meeting and allowed folks an opportunity to reconnect with one another, meet new people, and share their experiences and interest in the Land Trust. The Land Trust is thankful for all those who shared their time with us and helped us celebrate another year of conservation work!

Paint The Town Red- Soup & Snow Stroll

Kennebunk Land Trust Paints the Town Red!

Kennebunk Land Trust, Boulangerie, a Proper Bakery, and Rambler’s Way collaborated to host a Soup and Stroll event at KLT’s Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary, located at the end of Water Street just before the treatment plant. The 38-acre preserve has over 2,400 feet of frontage along the Mousam River and is convenient to the downtown area. The trail is 3/4th of a mile one way and can be described as an easy to moderate walk.

The stroll took place on February 21st and was a part of Kennebunk &Kennebunkport’s Paint the Town Red Event which occurred throughout the month of February to celebrate the area’s many unique offerings.  KLT staff and board members offered guidance throughout the walk, indicating different species of trees, various animal tracks, and more! Following the stroll,  participants warmed up with a cup of soup at Boulangerie. To promote the red theme associated with Paint the Town Red, Rambler’s Way graciously donated a red men’s and a red women’s shirt which was raffled off at the event.