Bring a wildlife-friendly ornament to the Winter Wildlife Tree at Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary, located on Water Street! The tree can be found on the left-hand side of the trail just a few hundred yards from the trailhead. There is Information in the kiosk, created by KLT's student-volunteer, sharing fun facts about Maine birds who might visit the Tree! This activity runs now through the New Year!
Ornaments must be placed/set in the tree or attached to a branch with biodegradable string. Artificial string and metal/plastic hooks are harmful to birds and other wildlife and should not be used.
Directions: From Route 1 in Kennebunk, turn onto Water Street and proceed .30 miles to the parking lot on the left side of Water Street, directly after the Kennebunk Sewer District's administrative building. The trailhead is approximately 100’ further down Water Street on the left.
KLT is excited to share that we've updated our trail maps! KLT would like to thank Davis Conservation Foundation for their support of this project. The new map shows many folks' old favorites as well as new KLT preserves. This map folds down to less than 4 inches...pocket size! The map contains details about the preserves as well as information about KLT and a membership flap! If you enjoy the trails, please become a member and support KLT!
Trail map is 11 X17. Download the new trail map here. Hardcopies available at KLT.
Map designed by Rachel Schumacher Design with GIS support from Sue B. at Wells Reserve.
KLT is excited to share that we have a new trail map! Hard copies will be available later this Fall and the map will be downloadable online.
This project was made possible with the generous support of the Davis Conservation Foundation and with GIS help from the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.
The KLT map was redesigned by Rachel Schumacher Designs. The new map contains a membership tear away flap to share the importance of membership and community conservation and encourage greater membership support; KLT is a small nonprofit, membership-powered organization and relies on the support of its members to help nature thrive and protect open space for all to explore. This new map is now pocket-sized, making it perfect to take on any adventure! The map also features KLT's newest preserves such as Oxbow Preserve and the Hope Woods Conservation Easement.
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!
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.
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 member–Click here!! Your support makes a positive impact in our community!
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.
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.
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.