Photograph of North Creek by Carol Main
Phippsburg Land Trust Mission
The Phippsburg Land Trust preserves, protects and stewards special wild and natural places in Phippsburg for the benefit and education of our children, grandchildren and future generations.
Fall is here!
But with the Fall comes some late season walking cautions…
As with most woods in Phippsburg, you should be aware that the PLT properties may be used by hunters.
The Phippsburg Land Trust continues to support traditional use of its properties, and in the fall, this includes hunting. So if you are walking our trails this November, please remember to wear orange, put some orange on your pet, and be aware that hunters may be out there except for Sundays.
Hunters: In general you are welcome to hunt Phippsburg Land Trust properties (see details below) as long as you:
- Obey all Maine State Hunting Laws – which may be found here: Maine Hunting Law
- Hunt only within the allowed hours, and seasons
- No permanent stands or blinds may be erected on PLT properties
- Please be aware of proximity of private property adjacent to Land Trust properties – you can find maps here
Phippsburg Land Trust grants permission to hunt on the properties it owns, including:
- Cooley (Center Pond) Preserve
- Ridgewell Preserve
- Sprague Pond Preserve
Smaller preserves owned by the Land Trust, such as the Wilbur Preserve at Cox’s Head, the Noble Hill Preserve, and the McDonald Sanctuary are less suited to hunting due to their small size and proximity to roads and neighboring residences.
Be aware that the area west and north of Sprague Pond is owned by the Nature Conservancy, and per their policy “No Plants or Animals may be collected” on Nature Conservancy Lands.
All remaining PLT preserves are easements only, and permission should be obtained from the landowner before hunting. If posted by the landowner, hunting is not permitted. In addition, many of these preserves are also small and/or surrounded by residences.
Dogs are welcome on Land Trust Properties
We get this question periodically, so to be clear about our policy – dogs are allowed on lands owned by the Phippsburg Land Trust. In accordance with Maine state statutes, and Phippsburg ordinances, all dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times. As with anything else, please use common sense: do not allow your dog to threaten or interfere with wildlife, and remember that dog owners share our preserves with other walkers, who may feel threatened by your dog’s enthusiasm, no matter how well-intentioned. Please keep your dog nearby, so that you are able to ensure others (wildlife, humans, or other pets) are not harmed. We also ask that you “carry out” any waste, especially when near a water body, including bogs, streams or vernal pools. Finally, be sure your pet wears orange during hunting seasons.
Be aware that for lands where the Land Trust holds an easement, landowner policies may differ. Some easements, such as Mary’s Woods, involve passing through a landowner’s yard and by their home. To preserve the privilege of bringing your pet to these lands, be sure your dog is a well-behaved guest.
Paying Our Share — Thanks to Member Support
The Phippsburg Land Trust makes an annual Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (usually called a PILOT) to the Town of Phippsburg for the lands we own.
We appreciate your support…so that we can show our support of our community.
The Land Trust is a volunteer organization. We rely on the volunteer help of interested members of our community like yourself! If you are willing to help please email Cheri Brunault at email@example.com . No experience is needed, check out our Volunteer page for more details, and to see our scheduled events!