MLTN Annual Land Stewards Gathering

Thu., Apr. 28, at 9:00 am - 11:00 am

MLTN is pleased to host our Annual Land Stewards Day again. These meetings are for all land conservation stewards in Maine, not just land trusts. There’s so much we can learn from each other!

We’re going with a hybrid format this year. From 9-11am we’ll meet on Zoom for a discussion of topics YOU suggest. Then, you can join a regional walk in the afternoon so that you can have a little in-person conversation as well. Please contact us at if you are interested in hosting a walk for land stewards in your region on the afternoon of April 28th.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkceigqj8sHddhNSUqcqofb4TY2knJJA07 . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Regional Walks in the Afternoon

Regional walks will take place from 1:00-3:00pm, except for Downeast (see description) 

  • Each has space for about 15 participants
  • RSVP to listed contact to ensure you get notified of any changes

Downeast

Western Head Preserve puts meaning in the word Bold, when referring to the Bold Coast. It is on the other side of the harbor from scenic Cutler and is an approximate 3-mile round trip hike. While never getting actively promoted by MCHT, use of this preserve continues to increase and we will see impacts on soft peaty soils, as well as discuss sea level rise on this trail with three cobble beaches that flood completely at very high tides. The outside shore is spectacular. Contact Melissa Lee by email () or phone (207-733-2412) if you’d like to join this walk. Plan to meet at MCHT’s Whiting office at 12:30 and return by 3:30. 

Inland

Join your peers from the interior of the state for a walk at Loon Echo Land Trust’s historic Peabody-Fitch Woods Preserve in Bridgton. The Preserve boasts a half mile accessible trail in the forest as well as a 1-mile hiking trail that weaves through 18th century granite quarries, used for stone foundations, dam footings and even the Bridgton and Saco River Railroad (a narrow gauge that ran from Hiram to Bridgton over one hundred years ago). Picnic tables and great views make it a perfect spot for lunch. A nice example of conservation and historic preservation working together for public benefit. Contact Jon Evans at by email () or phone (207-632-8510) if you’d like to join this walk.

Midcoast

Midcoast Conservancy’s 70-acre Marsh River Preserve is right off Route 1 in Newcastle. Approximately one mile of trail winds through mixed forests and meanders along beautiful salt marshes. This preserve has Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA), so that will likely be a topic of conversation for this group. Contact Skye Cahoon by email () or phone (774-571-4296) if you’d like to join this walk.

South

Three Rivers Land Trust has plans to turn the trail to the summit of Goat Hill in Acton into a universal access trail that would permit wheelchair use. A typical walk to the top takes only 20 minutes, and there are picnic tables and views to appreciate at the summit. Folks on this walk will learn about the construction history, remaining modifications, etc. The address is 1205 H Road, Acton. Contact Cheri Dunning by email () or phone (207-358-9695) if you’d like to join this walk.