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.



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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,


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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.

BTLT’s Year in Review

At this wonderful time of giving and thanks, we want to express our deep gratitude to the many hundreds of loyal supporters who made the work of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) possible this year.

BTLT is a member-driven community organization that works collaboratively with municipalities and partner organizations to conserve the remarkable natural resources of Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin.  Just as important as conserving these natural places is connecting the people of our region to them.   We made great strides in 2019 in both of these areas.

BTLT’s star achievement of 2019 was our collaboration with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust to conserve Woodward Point, nearly 90 acres of land with two miles of shorefront on Woodward Cove and the New Meadow River in Brunswick. This spectacular property was opened to the public in September and in just a few months has become an indispensable entrée to the waterfront for the people of our area, where public access to the coast is so limited.

Woodward Point Preserve

BTLT also created brand-new trails on the Tarbox Preserve in Topsham.  This beautiful wooded 124-acre property has frontage on both the Cathance and the Muddy Rivers.  Last July our staff and regional field team cleared old logging roads, hauled stone, and removed roots and boulders to create a trail on the north side of the property that winds along stone walls, through fern gullies, and past towering pines to a peninsula overlooking the Cathance River.  We encourage you to get out on this beautiful new trail in all seasons of the year.

Tarbox Preserve

BTLT completed two other significant conservation projects in Topsham in 2019:  the Robert Williams Preserve, totaling 73 acres with 5,600’ of river frontage on the tidal portion of the Cathance River; and the 53-acre Schoodic Forestry parcel, with more than two miles of frontage on the Androscoggin River in a part of town without much conserved land.  In addition to protecting wetlands and wildlife habitat, it will allow for public access to the river for hiking, fishing, and enjoying nature.

Crystal Spring Farm Celebration

The theme of the Land Trust’s community outreach this year has been “Honoring Our Heritage, Building Our Future.”  We honored our heritage in grand style with a year-long celebration of BTLT’s signature property Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick, complete with nature and history walks, citizen science, and a festival of music and food at the farm in September.  2019 marked 25 years since we undertook conservation of the farm and 20 years since we opened our award-winning farmers’ market.  We are proud of all the work BTLT does to support local agriculture, and the market is the centerpiece of these efforts, providing a vibrant market to 39 local farmers, bakers, cheesemakers and others producers. In the “Building our Future” category, we continued to build robust partnerships with local schools and some of our most meaningful days this year were spent with dozens of school children getting their hands dirty and learning where local food comes from at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden.

Another major initiative in 2019 was the member and community survey BTLT conducted last summer.  Over 520 people responded to the survey with great feedback on what we are doing right and where we can improve.  We expect to respond to some of the survey results immediately, with plans for things like better signage and more guided walks at BTLT properties.  Other survey findings will be incorporated more gradually through the upcoming review of our five-year strategic plan, helping us to ensure that as an organization we are meeting our members’ expectations and responding to identified community needs.

Community Survey

As we celebrate our many achievements in 2019, we are also aware that every conservation success today entails future responsibility.  When the Land Trust conserves a property, it also takes on a commitment – in perpetuity – for responsible stewardship of the land.  A firm financial footing is essential to ensure we are able to meet that responsibility.  In 2019, BTLT increased the size of its stewardship endowment to $700,000, making significant progress toward our five-year goal of $2 million. We also created the BTLT Legacy Circle to recognize and thank those who include BTLT in their estate plans.  We are proud to report that 18 individuals and families have already made such a commitment.  Legacy gifts are the cornerstone of BTLT’s long-term sustainability and ensure that the places we conserve today will remain well taken care of for generations to come.

We thank all of our members and supporters for making the successes of 2019 possible.  We look forward to 2020 and the possibilities that await us to conserve special places and connect the people of our region to them.  Happy New Year!

If you’d like to help support BTLT in 2020, click here.

Angela Twitchell and Emily Swan are the executive director and president, respectively, of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.