Phippsburg Land Trust
North Creek by Carol Main

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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.

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!

McKay Farm trail Open!

One of our newest parcels, the McKay Farm Preserve; south of and adjacent to the Cooley Center Pond Preserve, is open for spring hiking.  Check out our Visit the land page for directions.



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.


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.  Many of our properties are adjacent to private property, and as well behaved our dogs may be off leash in our own yard; new sights and sounds may elicit a different response at a preserve.  As such while in our parking lots, please keep your dog leashed.  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 near 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 2021: 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.  With Vaccines available now, we hope to hold more volunteer events this year – updates will be posted soon.  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!