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Phippsburg Land Trust
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    Phippsburg Land Trust
    PO Box 123
    Phippsburg, ME 04562

    Phone: 207-443-5993

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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.

The properties of Phippsburg Land Trust are open to all, year round, free of admission from dawn to dusk.

2020 – 2021 Hunting Season Information

Hunters:  You are welcome to hunt Phippsburg Land Trust properties providing that you follow all local and state hunting rules.  Please note that this permission only applies to the properties we own:  Sprague Pond, Ridgewell Preserve, Cooley Preserve at Center Pond, Morse River Marsh, and our new preserves at Duley Farm and McKay Farm.  The other PLT Preserves are Easements, and therefore permission would have to be obtained from the property owner; or in several cases the properties are too small to support hunting or too near to residences to hunt safely. 

Adjacent private properties:  And of course please be aware of your surroundings when hunting, – know where residences may be in relation to your hunting area – the North Eastern portion of McDonald Marsh is posted as No Hunting due to proximity of the neighboring family.  Also know that you may be sharing your hunting space with people walking our trails.  Hunters also remember that at Sprague Pond you are adjacent to Nature Conservancy land in the Basin Preserve, their rules apply; i.e. No Hunting on Nature Conservancy land.

Trappers: Phippsburg Land Trust may provide written permission as required by Maine State regulation upon request.  Please contact us by email (webmaster@phippsburglandtrust.org)  or at 207.443.5993

Walkers:  Its Hunting Season, if you are walking our trails this time of year – take sensible precautions, wear Blaze Orange and especially on your dogs if you take them out to hike with you.  We recommend that dogs be kept on leads in November for their safety.  Remember that you might be sharing the land with a hunter at any time between dawn and dusk; but enjoy sharing our trails.

The important dates:

  • Deer Archery Season opens October 3rd and ends on  Friday, October 30th
  • Firearms Deer Season opens with Maine Resident only Day on Saturday October 31st, and then full season opens Monday November 2nd, through Saturday November 28th.  
  • Muzzleloading Deer season is November 30th, through to December 12th in the Phippsubrg area.  And finally Fall Turkey season continues through November 7th.

As always Phippsburg Land Trust supports traditional uses on its properties.  

Annual Meeting 2020

WATCH OUR VIDEO

Due to the ongoing COVID19 Pandemic, and our desire to have all of you who support out Land Trust and the trails thereon to remain safe and healthy; we will not be holding a regular Annual Meeting of the Membership this year.  Instead we will be posting a ‘virtual’ meeting on the link above.  All the information you need to participate in the process is posted.  Please help us out by watching our video and participating in the business of our organization by casting your vote.

Sprague Pond access trail !

Is now back open with a great new bridge for you all to use.  There are still some final pieces to go in, which will happen before August concludes.  But now the days of wet, muddy, feet at the crossing are gone… no more lost shoes or need to hike the trial in ‘muck boots;’ and added bonus is a great new view of the beaver pond and wetland.  If you get there while the sun is still coming up early you might spy the beavers.  Here are a couple of photos for those who haven’t gotten there yet

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.

This year (2020) the payment was $1427.69; this calculation is based on the value of our fee owned properties as Open Space. Additionally a contribution was made to the Bob Cummings Conservation Fund.  The Bob Cummings fund is available to Phippsburg based individuals or community organization’s as grants for conservation oriented programs. 

We appreciate your support…so that we can show our support of our community.

Visiting PLT properties in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phippsburg Land Trust is monitoring the COVID 19 pandemic, and will continue to do so going forward.  Outdoor spaces are a wonderful piece of free medicine at all times, but especially now, and as such PLT preserves will remain open to the public from dawn to dusk throughout the current situation. Some things you should consider before visiting:

  1. Our preserves tend to have small parking lots, which means if the lot is full, there may be no other safe parking area.  To maintain safety for our visitors and those driving the roads, including first responders, we ask that if the parking area for the preserve you were planning to visit is full, consider a visit to a different preserve for this trip.
  2. Many of our preserves are surrounded by private properties.  Please be aware of this, and do not stray onto adjacent properties. Please keep dogs under control at all times, and prevent them from straying onto private property as well.
  3. We adhere to CARRY IN – CARRY OUT principals; please help to keep our trails clear of human debris (and pet deposits) so all walkers can enjoy the outdoors at our preserves.
  4. Trails are often narrow. If other walkers are approaching to pass from the opposite direction or overtaking your pace, please step off the trail to allow for safe physical distancing even outside.
  5. As much as we might wish to, we cannot control the ticks, mosquitos, or blackflies on our preserves. So come prepared and exercise good tick control measures. 
  6. The Phippsburg Land Trust relies on volunteers to monitor and maintain our preserves. Please let us know if there is a problem with a trail (like a fallen tree, for example) so we can keep our trails accessible! Call 443-5993 or email stewardship@phippsburglandtrust.org

Please enjoy our preserves, and stay safe and healthy! 

Dogs are Welcome on Land Trust Property

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 expect 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.

Help us in 2020: Volunteer!

At this time, Volunteer events will be scaled back dramatically until the COVID 19 pandemic and the need for social distancing and isolation has passed.  Further updates will be posted as required.  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 us at volunteer@phippsburglandtrust.org . No experience is needed, check out our Volunteer page for more details, and to see our scheduled events!