June 23, 2015
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
All members are invited to attend the BTLT annual meeting.
June 23rd at 5:30 at the Topsham Public Library
Please RSVP with the free ticket above.
- 5:30-6:00 we will have light refreshments and time to socialize.
- 6:00 to 7:30 the program will include a brief update on Land Trust operations and the election of Board members. Then, Jay Espy will present:
30 Years of Conservation:
BTLT and the Evolving Land Conservation Movement.
2015 is the 30th anniversary of BTLT’s founding.
This year we look back at three decades of strengthening our community through conservation, and look forward to many more decades stewarding some of the most valuable landscapes in our region.
Jay Espy will talk about his decades of experience in conservation, and offer perspective on the valuable work BTLT has undertaken, and how your local land trust is leading the way in the future of conservation.
Espy is the executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, and served for 20 years as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization.
When asked about the future of conservation in an interview by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (where Espy is a faculty member), his response was:
The conservation field is growing, changing, and maturing in what I believe is a very healthy way. Not long ago many of us in the field thought land conservation was all about the land. I well remember early land trust brochures full of pictures of beautiful landscapes, but entirely devoid of people. Fortunately, that’s no longer true.
Today, most of us in the movement understand that land conservation is about land and people. It’s about how our communities benefit from healthy ecosystems; how outdoor recreational opportunities close to home combat youth inactivity and obesity; how protected farmland contributes to food security and the availability of nutritious local food; how outdoor spaces incorporating local arts and entertainment contribute to vibrant downtowns; how clean water, forestland, and a host of other sustainably managed natural resources support economic development and jobs; and how well-managed land allows each of us individually and collectively to live richer, fuller lives.
All across the country, the silos that have separated the work of conservation, public health, arts, education, hunger, housing, food production, and economic development are coming down. I’m encouraged by this trend. Our work today will only stand the test of time if it has direct and tangible benefit to people over many decades. Collaborative engagement of those with wide and varied interests seems an essential ingredient in any successful recipe for enduring conservation.
Venue: Topsham Public Library