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Trail Efforts at Neptune Woods

Kris Haralson and Alex Long are passionate about riding mountain bikes, but they are also passionate about engaging the next generation (or really anyone who is interested) in riding bikes. Kris and Al have been riding the technical mountain bike trails in the Bath area for years, but they saw that those who are new to mountain biking needed a place to ride too – and they wanted that place to be closer to home, right here in Brunswick. The two are a strong team – Kris with endless will and patience for community advocacy, Alex with truly impressive trail design and build techniques, and both with a willingness and ability to put in long hours in the woods building trail.

Without their efforts, the trails at Neptune Woods would have likely never been created. We are truly grateful for all of the time they have invested in this project and in engaging youth in riding their bikes. Thank you, Kris and Al, for your passion, dedication, skill, and hard work. We look forward to partnering on many more trails in our community!

“I advocate on behalf of the mountain bike community and other trail users for increased access to trails in the Brunswick area from a connectivity as well as a recreational standpoint. I am passionate about trail cycling and the overall health benefits it offers, as well as having others enjoy the trails we are creating for the community.” – Kris Haralson

“Trail building is my way of giving back to a sport that has provided my family and me with much happiness over the years.  Designing and building trails is a small part of how I strive to leave this world a better place for the next generation. The Neptune Woods project specifically is a collaborative first step in building a new interconnected network of trails for all levels of mountain bikers in the Brunswick area.” – Alex Long

BTLT in the News, “Maine Voices: Maine Land Trust Network helps support ‘the way life should be'”

Maine Voices: Maine Land Trust Network helps support ‘the way life should be’

February 9, 2018

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is featured in the Portland Press Herald today! Angela Twitchell, BTLT Executive Director, and Nick Ullo, Boothbay Region Land Trust Executive Director, wrote this informative article on the many benefits of Land Trusts in Maine.

“The Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee has been studying Maine land trusts since October. As leaders of the Maine Land Trust Network, we welcome the study and the chance to highlight the many ways we make Maine “the way life should be.”

Last summer, the Maine Land Trust Network surveyed our members and published the findings in a report titled “Land Trusts Work for Maine.” This report highlights the most important benefits that land trusts contribute to our local communities and to the state. For example, hikers can explore more than 1,250 miles of trails that wind through land trust properties in every corner of Maine. These range from family-friendly nature paths in communities like Freeport, to more challenging routes ending atop bald summits in rural corners of Oxford County, and everything in between. Motorized recreational enthusiasts also benefit from Maine’s statewide collection of land trust conserved lands, which are home to over 345 miles of ATV trails and 570 miles of snowmobile trails.”

To read more of the article, click here.

BTLT is Hiring – Communications and Outreach Assistant

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening our community through conservation. We steward more than 2,500 protected acres and offer a diverse array of community programs, including 17 miles of trail, a community garden, farmers’ market, labyrinth, and dozens of events each year.

Our team is dedicated to and passionate about our mission and see working for the Land Trust as not just a job but a way to make a real difference in the world. Our programs, partnerships, and outreach efforts have grown significantly over the past few years, and we are looking for a team member to help us better share with our community the story of our work and its impact. We are looking for a creative, motivated, and multi-talented communications professional with strong skills across all digital and print/design platforms to tell our story, strengthen our brand, and build support for our mission and programs.

Position Overview

The Communications and Outreach Assistant will refine, implement, and coordinate all aspects of our digital and print communications and messaging. This person will work under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and in close coordination with the Outreach and Education Coordinator. It is critical that this person be able to develop familiarity with our programs, strategic initiatives, and land projects, transform that knowledge into exciting and useful messages, and then disseminate the messages to the right audiences through the best distribution channels.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess the creativity, expertise, and confidence to upgrade our existing materials, as well as offer new ideas and positively implement them. The candidate should be organized, adaptable, and flexible; be able to manage multiple projects and deadlines at once; and have the ability to implement new procedures and processes. In addition, he or she should be able to assimilate the ideas of various people (board, staff, volunteers) into strategic, effective communications.

Required:

  • At least two years’ experience in communications and/or marketing
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with website management
  • Experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of projects concurrently
  • Proficiency with Google Analytics, Microsoft Office, WordPress, MailChimp (or other email marketing program), and social media
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • A sincere commitment to the mission of BTLT

~ Preferred

  • A degree in communications, marketing, new media, or related field
  • Experience working with nonprofits and conservation organizations
  • IT skills
  • Familiarity with developing branding principles and donor communications
  • Experience with Adobe Suite, photography, graphic design, video editing, print-job management, and/or blogging
  • Experience in marketing and promotion
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Knowledge of project management
  • Experience or interest in planning and managing events

Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of this position is to produce and maintain all of BTLT’s print and web materials, including its website, blog content, social media, e-news, donor letters, press releases, event fliers, brochures, and newsletters. The Communications and Outreach Assistant will work with other staff, volunteers, community partners, board members, and contract designers and printers to develop communications strategies and produce and review communications materials including but not limited to annual solicitation letters, biannual newsletters, monthly e-newletters, and promotion of events and programs. He or she will keep abreast of the latest news internal and external to the organization and update content as necessary, oversee and develop press relationships, and manage media lists and contacts, and work with the Communications Working Group to establish BTLT branding and design guidelines

 Compensation

This is a part-time (20h/wk), year-round position that is eligible for benefits, including a flexible schedule, retirement contribution, and paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience.

DEADLINE: November 30, 2017

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to lee@btlt.org with Communications and Outreach Assistant as the subject line. In the interest of reducing waste, please do not mail a hard copy of your materials. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP. No phone calls, please. Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in the workplace.

 

Pizza with a Purpose – All Month

We are very excited to announce a great fall fundraiser with the Land Trust’s Business Partner, Portland Pie Company.

Print and bring THIS VOUCHER into the restaurant in Brunswick, and Portland Pie Company will donate 10% of your guest check back to the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.

(You must provide a print copy of the voucher. Only accepted at the Brunswick Portland Pie location. Valid November 1 – November 30)

What a great way to have a good meal and support community conservation at the same time!

PLUS on November 30, all day long Portland Pie will donate $1 for every pizza, Maine Beer Company beer, and kamasouptra soup purchased.