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Georges River Land Trust
Return to Langlais Film

Return to Langlais Film

November 28, 2021

Melanie Essex, who spent time at the Langlais farm as a child and is now a year-round resident of Cushing, spent more than 150 hours in summer 2021 capturing footage from early morning to dusk, in rain, fog, and bright sunlight at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve. She observed recently-conserved sculptures in vivid hues and ...

Our Community Forest

Our Community Forest

October 30, 2021

In the winter of 2020 Georges River Land Trust acquired the northern half of Quigg Island on Stevens Pond in Liberty from Jim and Jenness Robbins. We have now established a community forest as part of a national effort sponsored by the U. S. Forest Service. We are pleased to be among this growing number ...

Hunting On Preserves/Trails

Hunting On Preserves/Trails

October 22, 2021

The 2021 hunting season starts October 23rd and runs through December 11th, except Sundays. Some of our preserves are open for hunting. The details about whether a preserve is open for hunting can be found on our Preserves page and the individual preserve pages you can link to from there.

Hunters must have prior permission ...

Annual Meeting Recording

Annual Meeting Recording

October 04, 2021

What fun! We were happy to see so many members attend our Annual Meeting on Oct. 3 on Zoom. Even though we weren’t able to gather in-person this year, it was great to share some important updates and info with all of you! Watch the recorded presentations here.

Featuring:

Keep The Watershed Wild
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Unwelcome Guests: Invasive Plants

Unwelcome Guests: Invasive Plants

September 30, 2021

An invasive plant is a plant that is both non-native (does not occur in an area naturally) and able to establish on many sites, grow quickly, and spread to the point of disrupting plant communities or ecosystems. Many invasive plants were intentionally brought to the United States for ornamental purposes, and some to attack agricultural ...

A Trail and Blueberry Wine

A Trail and Blueberry Wine

August 23, 2021

We are all about partnerships and innovation – in this case, one landowner, two conservation organizations, a trail, and a vintner. We celebrated this winning combination on Appleton Ridge in July.

Jim and Ann Robbins have been conservation leaders in Maine and for GRLT for many years. When they saw 74 acres for sale on ...

30th Annual Gardens in the Watershed Tour a Success

30th Annual Gardens in the Watershed Tour a Success

July 31, 2021

It was another successful year for our annual Gardens in the Watershed tour.

Helmed by an 11-person committee of volunteer gardeners and community members, this year’s tour took place on Sunday, July 18th in downtown Thomaston. The tour featured seven beautiful home gardens for tour guests to enjoy, and a talk about the importance of ...

Renewed Support for Conservation in S. Thomaston

Renewed Support for Conservation in S. Thomaston

July 27, 2021

The Georges River Land Trust has partnered with the local town conservation commissions throughout the lower Georges River watershed, which has been a wonderful way to hear, respond and engage in local priorities relative to the protection and care of their woodlands, shoreline, wetlands, farms, scenic and recreational places.

A conservation commission is a ...

Birds in the Grass

Birds in the Grass

June 22, 2021

We’ve entered into a partnership with Ag Allies (Sommerset County Soil and Water Conservation District) and Cornell Lab of Ornithology to improve nesting success of grassland birds through education, management and incentives. While linked to our agricultural landscape, the goal of this initiative is to find a balance between hay mowing and grassland nesting ...

Land Trust Trees to Sail East

Land Trust Trees to Sail East

May 17, 2021

Imagine reinvigorating a marine tradition in Portugal, a country whose seafaring culture is at risk of being lost, from the coast of Maine. João Bentes, an instructor at the Apprenticeshop will build a traditional Portuguese sardine carrier, sail it across the Atlantic, and start a traditional boat building apprentice shop in Portugal. ...

Boosting Local Conservation Commissions

Boosting Local Conservation Commissions

May 17, 2021

We recently hosted the first Midcoast Conservation Commission Summit with volunteers from the five towns that cover the lower watershed of the Georges River region (Rockland, Thomaston, S. Thomaston, Owls Head, and St. George ). We met online via Zoom, and it was a great way for these volunteers to meet their colleagues.

Local conservation commissions ...

A Flair for Solar

A Flair for Solar

April 27, 2021

When the GRLT Board started talking seriously in 2019 about how to focus our work to mitigate the effects of climate change on our local ecosystems, Board President, Alvin Chase Jr., began thinking along the same lines for his business Eastern Tire & Auto Service (ET) of Rockland. In February 2021, ET’s solar farm went ...

Clynk for Conservation

Clynk for Conservation

April 22, 2021

Your recyclables can be turned into preserves and trails! We are registered with Clynk to receive the full donation from every bag of redeemable bottles and cans you recycle through their program. It’s so easy!

  • Bag it
  • Tag it
  • Scan it
  • Drop it

Stop into the entry to our ...

Matt Bonner, Trails & Public Access Program Manager

Matt Bonner, Trails & Public Access Program Manager

March 26, 2021

Matt Bonner grew up in the hilly forests of Haverhill, Massachusetts, going on long exploratory hikes and pushing the boundaries of his mental wilderness map. Matt was eventually able to experience greater expanses of wilderness while he attended school at UMaine Orono, majoring in Ecology and Environmental Science.

He learned the environment was much larger and ...

Earth Day Clean Ups

Earth Day Clean Ups

March 25, 2021

It has been fifty years since the first Earth Day in 1970 which led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Water, Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts. We like to invite you to help take care of the planet in a tangible way ...

Langlais Art Travels to Wisconsin

Langlais Art Travels to Wisconsin

March 25, 2021

As a small, local land trust in Maine, we never thought we’d be in a position to loan original art related works to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This winter, Douglas Smith of Rockland, one of the conservators of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve, packed and shipped a collection of tools and materials from Langlais’ workshop and sent ...

The Colors of Winter

The Colors of Winter

February 22, 2021

Essay by Douglas Smith

Think of winter and the colors that come to mind are white, gray, brown, and more gray. Trees bare of foliage, gardens stripped of brightly colored flowers, and lawns gone dormant certainly do limit the wide range of colors associated with the other seasons, but with ...

Clarifying Carbon 101

Clarifying Carbon 101

February 17, 2021

Carbon sequestration and carbon storage. We hear these two terms used interchangeably these days as society grapples with how to reduce carbon dioxide entering our atmosphere. But they mean different things, and can affect how we plan for stewardship of our land. Conservation of land can help reduce carbon emissions and store more ...

Seeking Trail Volunteers

Seeking Trail Volunteers

January 27, 2021

We are looking for two enthusiastic people to fill critical volunteer positions to support our Trail Workers Group and Trail Adopters. If interested, please send a brief email to info@grlt.org and we will get in touch with you.

Volunteer Coordinator

We are ...