Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is a local land trust, serving the communities of Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin, Maine, as well as partnering on projects in and around the southern Midcoast region.
As a land trust we are a nonprofit that works to protect land through purchase or (more commonly) a conservation easement where the land stays in private ownership. We then are the permanent caretakers of these lands, in close partnership with the land owner or community members.
Lands we focus on include:
- Natural habitat for wildlife, fish, and plants;
- Watershed areas, such as those along our rivers, streams, and bays;
- Scenic landscapes, particularly those with meaning for our community; and
- Working landscapes, such as farmland, forest land, and the waterfront.
It is not the mission of BTLT to prevent development in our region. We work closely with an array of agencies, private business, and landowners to help ensure that both conserved lands and development occur in the areas that are most suitable for the community and the landscape.
In addition, we work to protect land by developing relationships between people and the landscape. Through projects like our trails, Farmers’ Market, Tom Settemire Community Garden, and Young Explorers we get people out on the land, with their neighbors human and wild, to forge life long relationships. We believe that these relationships ensure a future for the land that will be in line with the needs of the community.
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