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A Special Thank You During These Tough Times

The team at BTLT would like to take a moment to say a giant THANK YOU to all of the BTLT Community Members, Partners, and Business Supporters:

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are incredibly grateful and inspired by your continued support, despite these uncertain times. Our giving season tallies tell us that the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our business supporters and that we must continue to do all we can to support these local businesses who have so generously supported our community through the years. Taking stock of our end of calendar year giving tallies also tells us that our Community Members and Partners are more committed than ever to sustaining the conservation, stewardship, and programmatic work of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. With your help we find ourselves on firmer footing than we had anticipated at this point in our fiscal year. While there is a long way to go before our fiscal year ends on June 30th, your generous and steady support enables us to plan ahead for the coming months with confidence that our work of conserving land and connecting people to it is a valued part of the community. How lucky we are that we get to do what we do with the support of people like you. Thank You!

Sincerely,

Kristi Hatrick, Membership & Development Manager

& the rest of the BTLT team

This Year at the Common Good Garden

By Lily Hatrick,
Brunswick High School Student and 2020 Common Good Garden Intern

In an ongoing effort to support food access in greater Brunswick, the Common Good Garden (CGG) was able to donate 3,779 pounds of organic produce, despite Covid, a drought, and crop loss. The CGG, started in 2012 in partnership with Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP), is part of the Tom Settlemire Community Garden (TSCG), run by the Brunswick-Topsham Landtrust (BTLT). In order to grow this food they depend on the engagement of TSCG community volunteers to plant, grow, care for, and harvest crops. 

BTLT is a land trust that protects land in the Brunswick and Topsham area. They own Crystal Spring Farm and also run one of the largest summer farmer’s market in the state of Maine. Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program is a food access program that has been working in our community for nearly thirty years. They serve around 7,000 meals a week to people in need. 

Over the course of the gardening season, the CGG had many accomplishments:

  • The largest amount of produce to date was donated to MCHPP through the CGG.
  • The volunteer crew was strengthened by a group of high schoolers and an internship position was created that high schoolers will be able to apply for in future years.
  • Overall, the number of volunteers was also much larger this year than it has been in years past. This larger crew was able to tackle expanding the garden. 

This season yielded the largest amount of produce donated to MCHPP to date. It was not an easy road to this accomplishment, as any member of the volunteer crew would tell you. There were both late and early frosts and some seedlings did not make it. The crew approximates that between 400 to 1,000 lbs of produce were lost. This summer was a very dry one, with exceedingly warm temperatures and little rainfall.

“There were times I would water a row and have to stop to go fill up the watering cans and come back and not know where I had already watered because it dried up/soaked in so fast!” says Jen Kennedy, CGG volunteer. Her help on the weekends was especially important because “we couldn’t rely on mother nature” she added.

This year’s volunteer crew leader Dev Culver also noted that “In the early part of the season the lack of rain along with issues with the irrigation system stunted the initial growth of the onion crop.” The volunteers had to deal with both a lack of rainfall but also faulty irrigation, making hand watering the only dependable option. Culver feels that, “Without the extra hands that we had, I don’t believe we would have been able to keep up with the lack of rain.”

Another obstacle that the members of the volunteer crew had to overcome was the pandemic. All volunteers wore masks and gloves for all of the work sessions and all tools were disinfected once they were done being used. The masks may have made the hot days hotter but, the hurdle united the crew even more.

The pandemic had a silver lining: The core group of volunteers expanded. Dev Culver remarked that the pandemic brought more people to the garden instead of keeping people home. “There were more volunteers available and interested in working on the CGG mission because the pandemic cut down on the availability of other activity options.” Kennedy found that she had more “free time” and wanted “a way to get involved in the community and volunteer” during this pandemic. Kennedy was not alone in this feeling as the volunteer crew grew this year.

In addition, the crew was joined by four high schoolers this year. 

As schools closed in the early spring, the CGG was blessed by having several Brunswick High School students dedicate some of their free time to volunteering in the garden. Ultimately, they were able to create an internship with BTLT which hopefully means that a connection between TSCG can continue to grow for years to come.

Lydia Blood, Fiona Edmonds, Kate Shaughnessy, and Lily Hatrick became members of the core crew. Although none of them had prior knowledge, Culver notes that “their collective enthusiasm and willingness to work hard regardless of the assignment made the experience of volunteering so much more fun and rewarding.” Longtime volunteer and CGG cofounder Judith Long said it was a “pleasure” to be joined by the high schoolers. 

This year was different from years past in other positive ways, too. The CGG has four main beds as well as a large back garden that was newly cultivated by CGG this season.

The addition of the back garden doubled the growing space for the CGG, adding about 5,000 square feet. The entirety of it had to be turned, mulched and prepared so that crops could be planted. 

Not only did the poundage increase with this new area, the type of produce expanded as well. Culver says that the back garden “changed the original intended focus on storage crops and resulted in a markedly expanded crop variety.”  In this garden the crew grew tomatoes, melons, zucchini, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, and some squash. The back garden alone produced 681.7 lbs of the total produce donated. “None of these additional crops would have been possible if the CGG effort had remained anchored in the four front garden beds during 2020.” The CGG was also blessed by the donation of many seedlings, including from BTLT business partner Whatley Farm.

Because of the enthusiasm and grit of this year’s volunteer crew, the CGG was able to take on some new projects in addition to the expanded Common Good Garden. This year a pollinator garden and a hoop house were added to TSCG, and a plastic mulch experiment was conducted in the tomato bed. The pollinator garden serves as a pollinator-attractor bringing in insects such as bees and butterflies, but also moths, birds and bats. The hoop house has long been something that the volunteer crew wanted to tackle, but in prior years hasn’t had the resources.  The hoop house will allow the Common Good Garden to produce early and late season greens for MCHPP, something they historically have not had access to.

MCHPP Foodbank Manager Ryan Ravenscroft says, “the Common Good Garden volunteers do an amazing job growing great produce for MCHPP to distribute within the community. We are very excited for the timely growing capacity the hoop house will provide, allowing the volunteers to grow much needed and appreciated greens and other produce during the shoulder seasons.” Culver and the crew are using kale plants this winter as a trial run and  plan to expand the contents of the hoop house in future years. 

In a stressful and scary year, the CGG and its crew were able to find some calm and fun moments while gardening. With the overarching goal of donating as much fresh and organic produce as possible, they worked with tricky weather and COVID precautions to make this year as successful as possible. Their multigenerational energy fueled a great season; one where the garden was able to grow and expand. The expansion led to more produce donated. The larger number of regular volunteers allowed for both a pollinator garden and a hoop house to be built. Both of these will be incorporated at the TSCG for years to come. The volunteer crew of the CGG had a great time this summer and cannot wait to do it all again next summer!

 

We’re Hiring: Market Parking Coordinator

Farmers Market Parking Coordinators  

(2 positions available) 

About BTLT and its agricultural programs: 

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) offers the Saturday Farmers’ Market and Tom Settlemire Community Garden (TSCG) at Crystal Spring Farm, our signature 321-acre property on Pleasant Hill Road in Brunswick, as part of our wider mission, which includes conserving and protecting our region’s natural resources, and supporting local agriculture and fisheries now and for generations to come. It is our goal to support and develop the local natural resource-based economy to keep farmland, forests, and fisheries open, working, and productive, and to make strides toward providing significantly more of our community’s food needs through local production. The Saturday Farmers’ Market commonly sees several thousand visitors on a busy summer weekend, hosts over thirty diverse vendors, and has kept millions of dollars in the local food economy.  

About the role: 

The Farmers Market Parking Coordinators are part time, seasonal employees who, as part of a two-person team, implement the set-up and break-down of the farmers market site, and manage the parking during the hours when the market is operatingThis includes being on site at the Market Saturdays, 7am to 1pm, May to October in rain or shine conditions.  The ideal candidate would plan to return each season. 

Skills Required: 

  • Great interpersonal skills, experience engaging with the public. 
  • Physical ability to lift 45lbs and carry equipment. 
  • Organized and detail oriented. 
  • Valid drivers license. 
  • Basic “handyperson” skills for minor repairs and upkeep of infrastructure are a bonus. 

Duties: 

  • Be on site at the Market Saturdays, 7am to 1pm, May to October.
  • Set-up and put-away cones, and market informational signage before and after market. 
  • Assist market manager with set-up and break down of market booth, and informational materials. 
  • Manage traffic flow and parking at farmers’ market site. 
  • Interact with market patrons and vendors 
  • Make repairs to market signage, or equipment as necessary 

Compensation and Benefits: 

This part time seasonal position has pay commensurate with experience.

How to Apply: 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to apply@btlt.org. Please use “Market Parking Coordinator” as the subject line of your email.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, with a deadline of March 15th, 2021. 

About Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust:  

BTLT is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to steward the cherished landscapes and rich natural resources of our communities, to connect people to nature by providing recreational opportunities and other engaging community activities, and to support local agriculture and fisheries, now and for generations to come. We were founded in 1985 and have grown over the past 35 years into a robust organization that holds over 2,500 acres in conservation, provides diverse programming, and works closely with an array of community partners to enhance the environmental vibrancy and health of our region.  We have approximately 1,000 members including a vibrant business membership. We have five part- to full-time staff, a board of directors of nearly 20, and dozens of active committee members. Learn more about our mission and programs at www.btlt.org 

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected factors. We actively encourage community members with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and ways of life to consider working with us. 

We’re Hiring: Seasonal Agricultural Program Coordinator

BTLT is looking for a new team member to manage on-the-ground operations of our Saturday Farmers’ Market and Tom Settlemire Community Garden. This is a part time, seasonal position, running from March to November.  The right candidate will be a people person with a dedication to conservation and local food, be able to prioritize diverse, demanding tasks, and have demonstrated experience in both gardening and oversight of events or programs. 

 About BTLT and its agricultural programs: 

The BrunswickTopsham Land Trust (BTLT) offers the Saturday Farmers’ Market and Tom Settlemire Community Garden (TSCG) at Crystal Spring Farm, our signature 321-acre property on Pleasant Hill Road in Brunswick, as part of our wider mission, which includes conserving and protecting our region’s natural resources, and supporting local agriculture and fisheries now and for generations to come. It is our goal to support and develop the local natural resource-based economy to keep farmland, forests, and fisheries open, working, and productive, and to make strides toward providing significantly more of our community’s food needs through local production.   

The Saturday Farmers’ Market commonly sees several thousand visitors on a busy summer weekend, hosts over thirty diverse vendors, and has kept millions of dollars in the local food economy. TSCG has eighty community plots, offers educational and volunteer experiences for local groups and youth, provides growing space for youth empowerment groups, and includes the Common Good Garden: a partnership to grow food for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP). Both programs also provide important gathering places to enrich the lives of people in our region through community building, resilience education, connection to the natural world, and fun.  

 About the role: 

The Agricultural Programs Coordinator will be a part time, seasonal employee to oversee on-the-ground implementation of the Saturday Farmers Market and Tom Settlemire Community Garden programs, as well as play a lead role in the administration and communications for these programs. The Coordinator will supervise the daily operations of the Market and TSCG plots and grounds. This will include being on site at the Market weekly from May to October from 7am to 1pm, and at TSCG on a regular schedule. This person will oversee, coordinate, and nurture volunteers, support events, implement program goals in partnerships with other BTLT staff, and generally be the face of the Land Trust at these important programs. 

 The right candidate will be a people person with a dedication to conservation and local food, be able to prioritize diverse, demanding tasks, and have demonstrated experience in both gardening and oversight of events or programs. Familiarity with the southern Midcoast and BTLT is a plus.  

The position runs from late March through November at an average of 15-20 hours per week (hours may be more in spring and less in the mid-summer and late fall). The ideal candidate would plan to return each spring. Year-round employment is possible for the right person and based on grant funding and project opportunities. 

 Skills Required: 

  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to resolve conflict. 
  • Physical ability to undertake various gardening and market set up tasks. 
  • Knowledge of organic vegetable growing and soil, pest, and disease management. 
  • Experience overseeing programs, large events, and/or community engagement efforts.
  • Proficient in Mailchimp, Microsoft 365 programs, Zoom, social media, and email. 
  • Basic “handyperson” skills for minor repairs and upkeep of infrastructure.
  • Ability to organize, motivate, and nurture volunteers.
  • Organized and detail oriented. 

 Duties: 

Garden Oversight: 

  • Work with Program Manager to assure all plots are assigned and paid for and complete all processing and data entry. 
  • Communicate with plotholders (primarily through Mailchimp) throughout the season on garden tips, pest issues, volunteer needs, and other alerts.  
  • Facilitate relationships with program partners such as the Merrymeeting Gleaners, MCHPP, Brunswick High School Dragons’ Farm Garden, New Mainers, and Mawita’nej First Nation Youth Group. 
  • Collaborate with seasonal education staff on youth summer programming. 
  • Work with volunteer program leaders to manage garden programs such as the Plant Sale, Plant Sale Gardens, and the Common Good Garden. 
  • Coordinate and implement spring plotholder orientations, and garden mentor program. 
  • Ensure that TSCG is opened and closeddown for the season in April and November respectively.  
  • Assist in scheduling, planning, and overseeing TSCG events and workdays that occur during the growing season. 
  • Oversee volunteer oversight of tasks such as mowing, turning compost, orchard maintenance, perennial gardens, etc. 
  • Oversee maintenance of all structures and infrastructure including shed, raised beds, kiosks, tools, water system, etc. 

 Market Management:

  • Be a welcoming face at the Saturday market, acting as an ambassador for Land Trust in all matters, including helping to staff BTLT info and membership booth at market, communicating effectively with vendors, welcoming market patrons, and referring questions about market policy and Land Trust matters to appropriate Land Trust staff and Board members. 
  • Attend all markets to ensure vendors comply with market expectations and troubleshoot problems when they arise. 
  • Collect certification of insurance, vendor fees, verify requisite licenses, and complete all processing and data entry. Layout the market site.
  • Work with parking staff to complete market site preseason set up and end of season breakdown, as well as weekly site set up and breakdown. 
  • Coordinate and manage SNAP/ Maine Harvest Bucks program, including finding and overseeing volunteers. 
  • Basic maintenance of site, such as ensuring the area is free of trash. 
  • Monitor how the market is listed on other sites and with other organizations. 
  • When appropriate, work with the Development team to plan for and implement the sale and marketing of fundraisers as may arise.  
  • Provide weekly reports on market conditions such as weather, number of attendees, vendors not in attendance. 
  • Create a final market report at the end of each market season.  

General:

  • Write blog posts and social media as appropriate to showcase programs. 
  • Take photos to document programs. 
  • Work with BTLT staff on events, program development, and other outreach as requested. 

 Compensation and Benefits: 

This part time position includes competitive salary (based on experience)paid vacation and sick time, and a flexible work schedule (aside from Saturday mornings), ability to work outside in a beautiful setting and from home, opportunity to engage with diverse members of the local community, and the chance to develop initiatives and programs based on interest. 

How to Apply: 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to apply@btlt.org. Please use “Agricultural Programs Coordinator” as the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, with a deadline of February 10, 2021. 

About Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust:  

BTLT is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to steward the cherished landscapes and rich natural resources of our communities, to connect people to nature by providing recreational opportunities and other engaging community activities, and to support local agriculture and fisheries, now and for generations to come. We were founded in 1985 and have grown over the past 35 years into a robust organization that holds over 2,500 acres in conservation, provides diverse programming, and works closely with an array of community partners to enhance the environmental vibrancy and health of our region.  We have approximately 1,000 members including a vibrant business membership. We have five part to fulltime staff, a board of directors of nearly 20, and dozens of active committee members. Learn more about our mission and programs at www.btlt.org 

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected factors. We actively encourage community members with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and ways of life to consider working with us. 

2021 Winter Garden Workshop Schedule

Every winter, BTLT offers a series of workshops to engage with the community, support the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, and offer skill-building exercises for gardeners of all abilities. These workshops are a wonderful opportunity to learn from master gardeners and experts on a variety of gardening subjects. BTLT is proud to partner with Curtis Memorial Library for this event series.

*All series events will be virtual (via Zoom). Please check our Events Page for more information.

 

2021 Winter Garden Workshop Schedule

 

Gardening for Small Spaces: Feb 7th, 1:00-2:30pm

Register HERE

 

Food Forest Gardening: Feb 21st, 1:00-2:30pm

Register HERE

 

Pollinator Gardening: Mar 14th, 1:00-2:30pm

Register HERE

 

Gardening for Plant Based Diets: Mar 21st, 1:00-2:30pm

Register HERE

 

 

 

2021 Winter Garden Workshop is kindly sponsored by Camden National Bank

Merrymeeting Gleaners ~ 2020 Accomplishments!

The Merrymeeting Gleaners are a 100+ person volunteer group that was formed in 2016 as part of Merrymeeting Food Council’s food security work.  Gleaners harvest surplus food from local farms and redistribute it to over 30 organizations that support individuals who require help accessing food in our area.

BTLT is proud to be a partner in this important collaboration to end hunger and food waste in our community. Below is a recent update from the Gleaner’s Coordinator, Kelly Davis, outlining all of the impressive highlights from the season.

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I think we can all agree that 2020 was a year like no other. Once everything shut down in March we had no idea what to expect. I am happy to say that we have continued to glean every week, we formed new partnerships with farms and distribution sites, and we have seen an increase in volunteers.

Here are the numbers:

  • 51,955.11 Pounds Gleaned and Donated (a new record for us!)
  • 128 Volunteers
  • 2,145 Volunteer Hours
  • 35 Farms and Food Producers
  • 38 Distribution Sites 

In addition to seeing an increase in pounds gleaned, volunteers and distribution sites, we also froze produce that we are now donating along with fresh storage crops. And we are partnering with Bessie’s Farm Goods in Freeport to have soup made from gleaned produce and then donating it to our partners.

This year we received more than just fresh produce. We also received eggs, ducks and seedlings. Over the course of the summer we received donations of over 2,000 seedlings from farms. The seedlings were donated to many of our partners. The timing of the seedling donations could not have been better with the increased interest in home gardening.

In 2020 we moved into a new storage location. Since 2017 we have been fortunate to be able to use space at Maritime Apartments in Bath for storing produce in between deliveries. We are so grateful for that partnership that made such a difference in the amount of produce that we could distribute and the number of partners that were able to receive it. With the increase in the amount of processing and freezing that we are doing we found it necessary to find a larger storage location. The City of Bath worked with us to find the perfect building to meet our needs. With the help of many volunteers we moved into the space at the beginning of December.  We are fortunate that the City of Bath is leasing the space at a very affordable rate and we received a generous donation from the Stone Family Projects for the first 6 months of rent. We will be fundraising for the remaining amount.

With so many businesses and institutions shutting down in March, we saw a very noticeable increase in the need for food. I am so grateful to be a part of an organization that is willing to rise to the occasion and exceed all expectations.

At a time when it would have been so easy to shut ourselves away in our homes and wait for better times, I am so grateful that so many of you chose not to do that! You stepped up and continued giving your time, donating food, and distributing the food to those in need. I am grateful for the support of our umbrella organization, the Merrymeeting Food Council, especially our fiscal sponsors the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

For those of you that have not been able to be as hands on during the pandemic because of health or family reasons, I want to thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and helping to spread the word about our work. There are many ways to be a part of the Merrymeeting Gleaners!

We are looking forward to another exciting year of increasing access to healthy local food. I hope that you all have a healthy and peaceful 2021.

Happy New Year,

Kelly Davis

Coordinator

Merrymeeting Gleaners

 

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Merrymeeting Gleaners is always looking for volunteers, if you are interested in contributing let us know!

Here are some ways in which you could support us: gleaning on the farm or at the farmers’ market, delivering produce (using personal vehicle), administrative assistant, fundraising and grant writing, booth volunteer at events, labeling jars post-processing, photographer, programmer/IT, PR volunteer promoting gleaning and writing press releases, and more!

Email: merrymeetinggleaners@gmail.com

Happy Holidays from the BTLT Staff

BTLT Staff in their seasonal best during a recent staff meeting

~By Angela Twitchell

Surely there has never been a year we were collectively more happy to say goodbye to than 2020. But before turning the calendar page, all of us at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) want to take a moment to thank YOU for your unwavering support of our work throughout this challenging year.

I know we say it most year’s, but it has never rung truer … we live in an amazing community full of people who care deeply about each other, our natural world, natural resource-based industries, outdoor recreation, and access for everyone to remarkable outdoor spaces. This past year, BTLT was challenged to meet the increased demands on our trails, lands, and programs brought on by the pandemic. As a relatively small organization with limited staff, our volunteers really saved the day. Our nearly 300 volunteers worked diligently to:

  • Build, re-route, and maintain our 23 miles of public trails, which saw unprecedented use in 2020;
  • Monitor and manage our 3,100 acres of conserved lands;
  • Grow food for those in need and support others to grow their own food at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden;
  • Ensure fresh local food is available to our community through our Farmer’s Market and support of Merrymeeting Gleaners and Merrymeeting Food Council;
  • Encourage the winter enjoyment of our outdoor spaces through Brunswick-Topsham Friends of Cross Country Skiing (FOXCS);
  • Support staff with varied administrative needs like IT expertise, mailings, recordkeeping, writing, editing, film making, and more;
  • Lead and sustain BTLT by serving on our Board of Directors and Committees.

We all feel lucky and inspired every day by the many amazing people we get to work with to fully implement the mission of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and make our community a better place to call home. Our deepest thanks go out to all of our volunteers!

In addition to our volunteers, the continued generous support of our more than 1,000 members has buoyed us and made so much good in our community possible. None of us knew what to expect when the pandemic hit, but we’ve been overjoyed and humbled by the incredible loyalty and generosity shown by our community this year. If you haven’t already, please review our recently published Annual Report to see all that you made possible. THANK YOU!

Lastly, as the BTLT staff reflected on the past year and the generosity of our community, we all agreed it was an important moment to support those in greatest need. Instead of giving each other gifts this holiday season, we pooled what we would normally have spent and made donations to local heating assistance funds in the towns in which we work. Many thanks to these organizations who are working hard to make sure our neighbors are able to stay warm this winter:

Wishing you all healthy and happy holidays and a new year full of the possibilities of healing together as a community.

With gratitude from your Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Staff,

Angela Twitchell, Executive Director

Lee Cataldo, Director of Programs

Margaret Gerber, Stewardship and Lands Manager

Kristi Hatrick, Membership and Development Manager

Jamie Pacheco, Program and Events Manager

Katy Mendenhall, Administrative and Program Assistant

 

 

 

Thank You 2020 Business Sponsors

The end of any year is a time for reflection; the end of 2020 is a time for deep and abiding gratitude. We are particularly grateful for our [FY 2020 Business Supporters] who, despite the significant economic challenges of a global pandemic, continued to support our work. Our 33 Business Partners (donors of $1,000 or more) and our Business Members (donors of up to $999) contributed 21% of our FY 2020 Annual Fund dollars. We are also pleased to welcome in FY 2021 new Business Partner R.W. Media Productions and five new or returning Business Members — Chickenscratch, Skillins Greenhouses, Brunswick Instant Printing, L.L. Bean, and Morning Glory. Please join us in supporting these and other local businesses as they continue to face uncertainty in the weeks and months ahead.

 

Please join us in supporting these and other local businesses as they continue to face uncertainty in the weeks and months ahead.

Thank You,

BTLT

Fall 2020 Times Record Ad

Remember to mask up on trails – That’s an order!

As COVID-19 cases surge across the country and rise within our community this holiday season, we hope that you’ll join us in safely enjoying the outdoors by wearing a mask when on Land Trust trails.

 

Governor Mills’ November 4th Executive Order requires face coverings in all public settings, regardless of the ability to maintain physical distance. In the order, “public settings” include outdoor spaces such as parking lots and walkways. Given the high use that our trails have received this year, we are asking that folks do their part by wearing masks while outside on Land Trust trails to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

BTLT staff member, Katy Mendenhall with her dog, Acadia at Crystal Spring Farm