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


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


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

Snow Stroll 2018

Kennebunk Land Trust Snow Stroll 2018 with Boulangerie, A Proper Bakery

On Saturday, February 10th, 2018, community members gathered at the Mousam River Wildlife Preserve for a guided naturalist walk led by KLT’s staff and leaders of the land trust’s stewardship committee.

The Mousam River Wildlife Sanctuary is a 38-acre preserve with over 2,400 feet of frontage along the Mousam River. The trails can be described as easy to moderate in terms of level of difficulty. This special walk was part of  Appalachian Mountain Club’s Great Maine Outdoor Weekend and Kennebunk’s Paint the Town Red month. After the walk, friends strolled over to Boulangerie, a Proper Bakery for a pastry and a hot drink!

KLT hosts bi-monthly naturalist walks that are free and open to the public. Because this was a special walk and small fundraiser, walkers were asked to contribute $10. We would like to thank all those who participated and Boulangerie for partnering with us on this event. If you’d like to learn more about upcoming events please visit the calendar of events section of our website!


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!


Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, Fall 2017

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).

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!