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.
Many of you may have seen a host of new “No Trespassing, Federal Property” signs at Brunswick Landing. This includes trails that lead off of BTLT’s Neptune Woods property. These signs now clearly mark what has been, and continues to be, Navy owned land.
The US Navy is currently enforcing their no trespassing regulations through signage and video monitoring because the land is undergoing further environmental study and remediation work. Trespassing on federal land is a federal crime and the Navy can pursue appropriate legal actions against violators, THEY ARE SENDING PHOTOS OF TRESPASSERS TO THE BRUNSWICK POLICE.
Please only use the trails that you know are publicly accessible – including BTLT’s Neptune Woods, and the Town of Brunswick’s Kate Furbish Preserve. Stay on trails that are included on the trail maps to be sure you are staying on publicly accessible land.
BTLT is working diligently to help assure that the land designated for use as recreation lands in the BNAS Redevelopment Plan is ultimately both accessible and safe for the community. We hope that the recreation lands on the east side of the Landing are appropriately remediated and turned over by the US Navy soon, and we will continue to actively advocate for public access on these lands and for appropriate remediation to assure that those lands are safe for the community and the natural systems that are resident on the land.
For questions or concerns about Navy lands, you can contact local Navy officials at #207-406-2290
The Southern Midcoast is full of trails, boat launches, scenic hikes, and paddling opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a five-minute walk or a five-mile kayak, you can find some fun in our area. To provide comprehensive guides to all the fun in our area throughout the year, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust partners with Get Active Southern Midcoast. The summer 2020 trail guide can be accessed HERE.
The Get Active Southern Midcoast guide offers a wide variety of ideas for you and your family to get out and enjoy the outdoors at low to no cost in Brunswick, Topsham, Bath, West Bath, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Westport Island, and Georgetown. You can find trails, sites for bird watching, swimming spots, and more all in one place. Click here to visit the website.
This year, Get Active Southern Midcoast is offering a fun Summer Challenge to get you out and enjoying the beautiful recreational resources that our area has to offer.
Join the Southern Midcoast Get Active Summer Challenge 2020!
Download a card by clicking here.
Fill a row or the entire card, substitute an activity if needed. When you complete an activity X it off and write the date. Once complete mail to: Access Health 66 Baribeau Dr, Suite 7 Brunswick, ME 04011
You’ll be entered in our monthly raffle, through September 30, 2020.
COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS:
• Do not visit if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19
• Stay at least 6 feet away from other people at all times; have a face covering if needed
• Avoid busy parks & trails – have a plan B
• Wash your hands when you can, bring hand sanitizer, cover your cough
• Be prepared for limited access to restrooms
• Share the trail, warn others as you pass
Access Health • Bath YMCA • Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust • Cathance River Education Alliance • City of Bath • Harpswell Heritage Land Trust • Kennebec Estuary Land Trust • Mid Coast Hospital • Phippsburg Land Trust • People Plus • Six Rivers New England Mtn. Bike Assoc. • Spectrum Generations • Town of Brunswick • Town of Harpswell • Town of Topsham