The Woodward Point Accessible Trail Project

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust and are fundraising to create a level, half-mile trail at Brunswick’s popular Woodward Point Preserve. Join the effort and make a gift today—every dollar supports making this beautiful preserve more accessible to everyone in our community! 

GIVE TODAY!

We want community members of all abilities to enjoy the beauty of Woodward Point.

Our goal is to build an accessible trail and parking to facilitate access for all visitors, including people who need a level surface to walk, use a wheelchair, or push a stroller.

To do this we need to raise $132,000.

Trails create active, healthy, and happy communities. Everyone deserves the enjoyment of this special place!

How this place became open to the public

Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust conserved Woodward Point in 2019, realizing the previous landowners’ dream of permanent protection for the property’s open space, scenic beauty, and extensive ecological values.

Woodward Point is a much-loved outdoor resource

Just minutes from downtown Brunswick, Woodward Point is a cherished destination for walking, nature observation, kayaking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Trails cut across several large fields, through woods, and down to the shore. Stone steps at four locations provide access to the water—including at a hand-carry boat launch site not far from the parking lot.

When you give today you will help:

  • Establish a level, half-mile accessible trail with a stone dust surface;
  • Make Woodward Point safe and accessible to more people;
  • Expand local outdoor opportunities for people of all abilities.

Thank you for considering a gift to help us enhance this community preserve!

For more information, please contact:

Angela Twitchell, BTLT Executive Director: 207-729-7694 angela@btlt.org

OR

Seth Levy, MCHT Donor Engagement Officer: 207-607-4361 slevy@mcht.org

Additional project details:

Woodward Point Preserve was conserved with generous support from many individuals, the Town of Brunswick, the Land for Maine’s Future Program, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Wetlands Program.

Town/County: Brunswick, Cumberland County
Total Project cost: $132,000

A Great Year of Support from Our Members

What a year — and how grateful we are to you, our members!

As the pandemic unfolded in Maine one year ago, we, like you, were not sure what to expect. We knew our properties and trails would be more important than ever for those seeking solace and fresh air and exercise, but we were not sure what the economic fallout would be. Our members quickly made it clear, however, that if they could continue to support our work, they would.

We now find ourselves closing in on the end of a second fiscal year impacted by Covid-19. We are working hard to meet our Annual Fund goals. To date, we have raised $226,736 towards our goal of $257,753 and we have 927 members with a goal of 1,078 members.

We have $31,017 left to raise and 151 members to add to our ranks by the end of our fiscal year on June 30th. We could use your help!

If our properties, programs, and trails helped to make the past year a little better for you and your family, helped to ease your mind, and maybe made things a little less stressful, we ask you to make a gift to BTLT before the end of our fiscal year on June 30th. Your support makes everything we do possible!

You can make a secure, online donation HERE or feel free to mail a donation to our new office located at 179 Neptune Drive, Suite 200, Brunswick, 04011. Thank you for helping to make our work possible!

Support Local Businesses During These Tough Times

We encourage you to make a special effort these next few months to enjoy the offerings of our local businesses — businesses that have done so much to support the midcoast area, including the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. This time of year is typically quieter for restaurants and stores, a lull that has been exacerbated by Covid-19. The Brunswick Downtown Association has done a terrific job of keeping the community up-to-date about safely accessing local restaurants, stores, lodging, and services.

 

 

Here’s their link:  https://brunswickdowntown.org/brunswick-business-updates/

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

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Giving Tuesday 2020

‘Tis the Season (and the Year) for Reflection and Gratitude

In a year that unfolded unlike any other, we find ourselves so very grateful to our members for their continued support of our work. Despite the onset of a global pandemic and its accompanying uncertainties, we increased our membership to 1,074 members. This loyalty, coupled with the receipt of a Payroll Protection Program loan, enabled us to meet our FY 2020 budget and serve the needs of our communities by:
  • Stewarding our trails and properties, which have seen a dramatic increase in use since March;
  • Building new trails at Kate Furbish Elementary School, creating Covid-safe outdoor learning spaces for Brunswick’s young learners;
  • Delivering over three thousand pounds of fresh, healthy produce to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, all grown in the Common Good Garden at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden;
  • Serving farmers and community alike with our Farmers’ Market — and proving its agility with not one but two moves!; and
  • Continuing our programmatic work virtually through podcasts, books, and videos, encouraging our membership to engage with nature safely.

Your membership support helps to make all of our work possible. Thank you!

Now that we are midway through FY 2021, the ongoing economic effects of the pandemic continue to pose funding challenges for us.

If you haven’t yet joined us as a member, we encourage you to do so. If you are already a member but haven’t yet renewed your membership this fiscal year, we encourage you to do so. And if you find yourself in a position to increase your donation or make an additional gift to us this year, we could use your help now, more than ever.

Thank you.

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Many Thanks for your Support this Giving Season!

Thanks to your generosity we exceeded our YTD goals in annual fund dollars raised, total membership, and new members.
  • Our goal was to raise $168,708 for our annual fund operating budget by December 31, 2019 — we beat this goal by nearly $2,000 by raising $170,691! We will need to raise an additional $105,809 by June 30 to reach our fiscal year 2020 annual fund goal of $276,500.
  • As of January 15, 2020, 763 members have joined or renewed their BTLT memberships, which is 73% of our goal of 1,043 members renewed by June 30th. Our December 31 goal was 730 members, which we bested by 11.
  • From November 1, 2019 to January 15, 2020, we welcomed 130 new BTLT members. This puts our YTD new member numbers at 193, a whopping 78% of our June 30 goal of 247! Our December 31st goal was 164 new members, a goal we met and exceeded with 186 new members by calendar year-end.
We are grateful to you, our members, for all that you do to make our work possible. We relish the opportunity to serve midcoast Maine through our conservation, stewardship, and programmatic work, work that can only be done with the solid support of our membership and extended communities. We’ve still got work to do to reach our fiscal year-end goals, but, thanks to you, we are well on our way. Thank you.

Help BTLT win big this month!

This February, you can help Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust win big with the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s Community Matters More Program.