October Naturalist Walk In Celebration Of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, Fall 2017
The Kennebunk Land Trust hosted a walk with naturalists on October 1st at the Alewive Woods Preserve. The walk was part of the 2017 Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, which is a weekend hosted by Appalachian Mountain Club in which many environmental and conservation organizations join together to host outdoor events in their communities. 13 people joined in the Sunday morning walk on the trails; it was a casual event that provided folks the opportunity to get outside as well as share their interest of the surrounding flora and fauna. Check out our calendar of events to view other upcoming walks and programs.
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).
Kennebunk Land Trust Par 3 Golf Tournament, Clubs For Conservation!
The Kennebunk Land Trust held its first par 3 golf tournament on Friday, September 15th at Hillcrest Golf. 9 teams, 36 people, participated in the tournament with support from 13 hole sponsors. Teams were comprised of community members from local businesses in the towns of Sanford, Kennebunk, and Wells.
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!
Kennebunk Land Trust Ice Cream Social
The Kennebunk Land Trust hosted its annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at the Wonder Brook Preserve in Kennebunk. 60+ people joined in the fun. The event offered two ice cream flavors, raspberry chip and chocolate chip cookie dough, as well as guided walks provided by KLT board members and staff. Thank you to all those who attended and to all the volunteers that made this event possible.
Earth Day 2017
KLT’s Vice Chair of the Board, Beth Sandmire (left), and KLT’s Secretary of the Board, Mary Bergen (right), are pictured above at the town’s first Earth Day Celebration. The event took place on Earth Day, April 22nd, and was hosted by Kennebunk’s Environmental Action Alliance. You can also find us at the town’s Farmer’s Market’s on most Saturdays or stop by our office located on 6 Brown Street, Kennebunk.
Day of Caring With Pratt & Whitney: June 2017
Fifteen people volunteered today to participate in United Way’s Day of Caring. United Way of York County’s Day of Caring takes place across York County and provides individuals and businesses a chance to get outside and volunteer in their community.
Members from both Pratt & Whitney as well as the Kennebunk Land Trust focused on trail maintenance at four of KLT’s preserves: For All Forever, Butler Preserve/Picnic Rock, Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Secret Garden. The above photo highlights the portion of the Pratt & Whitney team that was out at the For All Forever Preserve. Thank you to Pratt & Whitney and United Way! Check out our Photo Gallery for more photos of our activities out on the trails!
Purple Martin Project At Marx Preserve
Purple Martins are known as some of the largest swallows in North America. Purple Martins are known to nest in colonies and are particular about selecting their home base. This makes establishing a new colony difficult without proper consideration and further emphasizes the importance of fostering and sustaining current colonies. However, the number of colonies in Southern Maine may increase as a result of a project that the York County Audubon, Fish & Wildlife, and Kennebunk Land Trust established to install a gourd rack on the Trust’s Madelyn Marx Preserve. It is the group’s hope that the gourd rack will assist in establishing a colony in the area.
Purple Martins commonly feed high above the ground on various types of insects. Historically, Martins were known to live in a tree’s natural cavity making the racks installed at the Marx Preserve a good possible nesting site.
If you are interested in viewing more photos of this project please visit the KLT Photo Gallery. If you would like to learn more about Purple Martins, The York County Audubon website is a fantastic resource.
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend!
Kennebunk Land Trust hosted a nature walk on Saturday, February 4th at the Alewive Woods Preserve as part of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor oriented organizations and companies throughout the state to celebrate being active outside!
Alewive Preserve is located just off Cole Road, 3.5 miles west of Interstate 95 .The preserve boasts over 625 acres of land and a 45-acre pond at its center, and is ideal for mixed recreational uses. Parking is available at the trailhead. The 2.5 miles of trails can be described as easy to moderate in difficulty.
Maine Guide and KLT staff member, Sarah Stanley, and board member and naturalist, Scott Gasperin, lead the walk and provided guidance on the surrounding area. Walkers observed how the history of the area has affected the forest appearance we see today. They saw red pine plantations which formed as a result of reforestation after the 1947 fire swept the Kennebunk area. Young stands of regrowth were spotted too and “legacy” white pine trees showing fire scars were also a topic of interest. Older dense hemlock stands that were growing in the floodplain along the stream were also observed; these dense hemlocks survived the ’47 fire due to the wetter soil.
The above courtesy photo displays some members of our enthusiastic group as they reached Alewive Pond!
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.