- September 3, 2016
Use the ticket selector above to register your raffle ticket purchase. We will get your tickets in the drawing today!
Raffle for Stewardship
The drawing will be held on September 3, at noon, at the Farmers’ Market. Tickets are available online until 11:59 p.m on Thursday, September 1.
This year’s Raffle for Stewardship features a Night Heron Kayak built by local BTLT friends and supporters Martin Wilk and Kerford Marchant. Marty and Kerford invested about 800 hours in building the kayak. The boat is crafted of western red cedar with ash and cherry accents on the stem and stern. It is 18 feet long, 20 inches wide, and weighs just 50 pounds. The kayak’s beauty is matched by superb performance on the water, where it is fast, efficient, and surfs easily. The boat is stable in rough water and plays well in the surge of rock gardens. It tracks well, has good balance, and is fast. It is easy to roll and brace. Come check it out!
This year the boat builders felt it was important to have the boat help bring attention to the important need of building long-term capacity for land stewardship.
All raffle proceeds will support our land stewardship endowment.
Over the past three decades, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has been very successful at protecting some of the most productive and diverse lands in our region.
We have been entrusted with management or oversight of more than 2,400 acres of land. With each conservation success, comes a deep and permanent responsibility. We have committed to manage and maintain the protections placed on these conserved lands forever.
Just some of our land stewardship responsibilities include:
Building and Maintaining:
- New trails and existing trails to appropriate environmental standards;
- Access infrastructure, such as parking areas and access roads;
- Trail markings and structures, such as signs, blazes, bridges, kiosks, and benches;
- Other public sites such as the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, Farmers’ Market, and Labyrinth in the Woods;
- Diverse uses of public access properties;
- Effective transfer of easement properties to new owners;
- Good relationships with easement property owners;
- Financial reserves and records vital to future easement defense;
- Our status as an Accredited Land Trust;
- Easement properties to ensure easement terms are followed;
Developing and Implementing:
- Management plans for properties we own; and
- For the importance of natural and protected lands for future generations.
Our stewardship program is strong and robust, and BTLT will continue to build on our successes. Looking forward, stewardship work will consume a larger proportion of our limited resources as time passes, the amount of conserved land grows, and maintenance needs increase. For this reason, we are dedicating all funds raised by this year’s raffle to the important work of stewarding these resources which do so much to enrich our community.
The boat will be available for viewing most Saturdays (weather permitting) at the Land Trust’s Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm. Raffle tickets will be $10 each or 3 for $25 and can be purchased at our Farmers’ Market, or online.
Venue: Crystal Spring Farm - South