Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

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!

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.

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” Sneak Peek

Join Kennebunk Land Trust Board members for a “sneak peek” at “111 For All Forever” – the Trust’s latest acquisition project. Kennebunk Land Trust is currently engaged in a capital fundraising campaign to raise $600K by May to secure the conservation of this remarkable property. At this time, the land is not open for public recreation. However, the Trust will host a series of private tours of the property to showcase its exceptional features.

Located on Webber Hill Road, the property boasts 111 acres of pristine forest with wetland areas, fields and a mile of frontage on the Mousam River. Tours will meet on the dates and times listed below, at the intersection of Webber Hill (Rte.99) and Wakefield Roads in Kennebunk. Guests may participate in as much or as little of the walk as they wish. FMI call 985-8734.

Upcoming tour dates:

Saturday, April 2nd, 10am-11am

Friday, April 22nd, 11am-12pm

Sunday, May 15th, 1pm-2pm

Naturalist Walk at Clark Preserve

 

Kennebunk Land Trust will host a Naturalist Walk on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10:00am to 12 noon.  Are you interested in learning about birds, plants, ecology and other areas of natural history? Or, interested in sharing what you know? If so, join us! Kennebunk Land Trust will sponsor bi-monthly natural history walks in the Kennebunk/Arundel area. The March walk will begin on the Eastern Trail and arrive at Kennebunk Land Trust’s Clark Preserve (see directions below). The walk will focus on plants and animals in the late winter in a mixed conifer hardwood forest. If conditions are appropriate, we will spend time observing bird and mammal tracks in snow. The Clark Preserve, adjacent to the Eastern Trail, is a forested 90-acre tract that has over 2,000 feet of frontage along the Kennebunk River.

The naturalist walks will explore Kennebunk Land Trust preserves and other local hiking spots to encourage natural history discussions and education. Participants should come prepared for an outdoor excursion that is easy to moderate in pace. Please leave dogs at home. The walk will be facilitated by area Maine Master Naturalists Gordon Collins and Tony Liguori, and will encourage experts and amateurs to discuss and share their knowledge of natural history.

Advance registration is not necessary. To learn more and to find notices of location visit Kennebunk Land Trust’s Events page at www.kennebunklandtrust.org.

Kennebunk Land Trust was established in 1972. It works to permanently conserve land and to date has protected more than 3,400 acres that benefit the natural and human communities. For more information about the Land Trust please visit www.kennebunklandtrust.org or call (207)985-8734.

Directions to the Eastern Trail and the Clark Preserve: From the intersection of Route 1 (Main Street) and Fletcher Street (Route 35) in Kennebunk, proceed west on Fletcher Street for 1.8 miles. After crossing I-95 bear right on Alewive Road and drive .9 miles. Turn right into the entrance for the Kennebunk Elementary School and proceed to the parking area near the entrance to the Eastern Trail on the right. (Lat: 43° 24’ 59” N; Lon: 70° 33’ 35” W).

Hope to see you there!

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!

Thanks To You

For over 42 years, Kennebunk Land Trust’s successes have been inspired and fueled by talented and generous volunteers who understand that what together we conserve today will speak for us all tomorrow. Our heartfelt thanks to each of you who have and still do serve. And to those of you interested in becoming a part of the Trust’s important work, please call or e-mail anytime: 985-8734, info@kennebunklandtrust.org.

Give a Gift in Celebration

As we move headlong into the busiest season of the year, what welcome reprieve it could be to slow ourselves and do something quietly wonderful for someone who is special to us. Whatever the occasion, a gift to Kennebunk Land Trust speaks volumes. It asserts your interest and commitment to conservation and, given in someone’s honor, it says “thank you” in a long-lasting and memorable way. Conserved land is forever and it’s yours to enjoy.

Make a gift in someone’s honor or memory and we’ll let them know you think they’re special. And of course, we’ll send you our thanks.

Walk with Naturalists – July 19, 2015

July 19, 2015.

Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area.

Fifteen people gathered at the north parking lot of the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area to spend two hours exploring this unique ecological site. It was a warm, humid day (80° F) with a brilliant blue sky and white puffy clouds.

Prior to leaving the parking lot, there was a general discussion of the historical background of the Kennebunk Plains. The area was formed 14,000 years ago as the glaciers receded. The glacial melt water formed alluvial deposits of sand (90’ deep in the area of the Plains) and became what is now termed sandplain grasslands. It is the rarest natural community in New England.

The Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area (KPWMA) is comprised of +/-1700 acres and is home to several unique and rare species: The Northern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor constructor) (see picture below), The Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (see picture below) and Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda).

Black Racer

Grasshopper Sparrow

The KPWMA is also home to a rare plant: The Northern Blazing Star (Liatris borealis) (see picture below). There are estimated to be a million stems on the Plains. In fact, most of the Northern Blazing Star in the world is located here. The group observed only a few plants with open blooms as this was just the beginning of the blooming season.

Northern Blazing Star

The walk started down the road to the west of the parking and headed north toward the rear of the Plains. Along the road several plant species were identified: the shrub, Meadow Sweet (Spiraea latifolia), Blue Toadflax (Linaria canadensis) and Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium). While looking at the Spreading Dogbane plant, the group observed several Dogbane Beetles (Chrysochus auratus) (see picture below) which are brilliantly iridescent. The group examined and identified several examples of Whorled Loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia), a small yellow wildflower. Several examples of Tiger Lily (Lilium tigrinum) were seen. (see picture below)

Dogbane Beetle

Tiger Lily

In the midst of the sandplain grassland the group had a general discussion about grasses, rushes and sedges and how they are generally differentiated. The group also talked about the preponderance of Gray Birch (Betula populifolia) as a succession species in the grassland.

We also learned to differentiate the three primary types of pines in the southern part of Maine; Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus), Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) and Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida). They are most easily differentiated by the number of needles in each bundle of needles: Eastern White Pine (5), Red Pine (2) and Pitch Pine (3). The group also discussed the maintenance of the grasslands through periodic controlled fire burns.

The walk continued to the small spring-fed pond formed by Cold Brook which eventually empties into the Mousam River. The pond in prior times was used to irrigate the commercial blueberry operation on the Kennebunk Plains. Along the path to the pond were seen Bracken (fern) (Pteridium aquilinum), Speckled Alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa), Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea), Common Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) and Bear Oak (Quercus ilicifolia). Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia serotina) were also seen and identified along the path.

Upon reaching the pond, the group learned about the origin of Cold Brook and the pond which was man-made using a large earthen dam. Native Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) live in the pond and were rising to the surface. Two young men were fishing and caught several small trout. They released the fish back into the pond.

On the way back to the parking lot, the group saw an Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) and a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio canadensis) landing on a few of the open Northern Blazing Star flowers that had opened their blooms.

Just a few of the highlights of the walk–an interesting day in a unique natural area!