Sprit Pond - Photo 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.
Annual Meeting Thursday Aug 18th:
Save the Date!
The Annual Meeting of the Phippsburg Land Trust will be held Thursday evening, August 18th. Once again we will be hosted by the ever generous Sebasco Harbor Resort. A brief business meeting will be followed by a speaker on environmental issues. We will also honor the passing of one of our founding members and long time board member Robert Cummings.
Midcoast area Conservation Commissions collaborate!
Four midcoast Conservation Commissions have collaborated on a document to help local citizens steward their properties.
Totman Cove – Photo by Tim Richter
A deep caring for the land, water, and community of their towns led members of the conservation commissions in Arrowsic, Georgetown, Phippsburg, and Westport Island and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) to come together to create stewardship guides for their local residents.
The unique collaboration between four communities made the publication of these brochures possible. The four towns share similar rural settings, with plentiful forests, extensive shoreline, and houses dependent upon wells and septic systems. For small communities, they all have active conservation commissions, but this project is the first time that members of these groups have worked together.
The 28-page booklets highlight issues important to coastal residents, like caring for septic systems, dealing with ticks, and how to have a truly “green” lawn. Each town has a unique cover and town-focused section. “We hope the information provided in these guides will assist local residents in managing their landscapes and properties to ensure continued water quality and habitat protection, and help keep our communities safe, healthy, and beautiful not only for our ourselves and our families, but for all the animals and plants that live among us,” says project editor and Arrowsic Conservation Commission member Paul Schlein.
Clicking the image above will allow you to view a .pdf version of the document.
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.
Help us in 2016: Volunteer!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . No experience is needed, check out our Volunteer page for more details, and to see our scheduled events!