By Angela Twitchell, BTLT Executive Director
One of the things that I value most about having worked in the Maine land conservation community for the last 24 years is all of the amazingly talented, dedicated, and just plain awesome people I get to work with every single day. They provide inspiration, support, and lots of laughter and good times.
There’s no one I have felt more grateful to call my friend, colleague, and co-conspirator than Tim Glidden, recently retired President of Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT).
I first began working closely with Tim in 2001 when he became the Director of the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program. I was working in government relations at The Nature Conservancy and had just managed the campaign to pass a $50 million land bond to re-invigorate the LMF program. Tim’s unwavering leadership at LMF helped grow that program into one of the best examples of how the State can catalyze the conservation of the most special places in all corners of Maine in a way that draws strong, bipartisan support.
I remember feeling very bittersweet in 2011 when Tim decided to leave LMF to take on the role of President at MCHT. I was so sorry to see him leave LMF (a program that was near and dear to my heart), but I was also thrilled that he would be leading MCHT – an organization for which I had great respect.
Once Tim took over the reins at MCHT there was no looking back. Under Tim’s leadership MCHT completed more than 300 conservation projects, protecting 10,000 acres of land.
Tim helped to inspire and grow the entire land conservation community in Maine through his creative and dedicated leadership of the Maine Land Trust Network and he was (and is) a strong advocate for not only conserving land but connecting people to it.
He helped usher in a new era of “Community Conservation,” expanding MCHT’s and the broader Maine land trust community’s role as builders of diverse coalitions of people working together to creatively conserve land and address community needs.
Locally, I have been fortunate to work closely with Tim and others at MCHT to conserve some amazing places in our community – most notably the Woodward Point Preserve.
Tim will be sorely missed. But as Tim (a fellow Topsham resident) has said to me, “I’ll still be around” and, indeed, he is true to his word. Only days after leaving MCHT, Tim has stepped up to moderate the Take Action on Climate Speaker Series that BTLT and the Cathance River Education Alliance are currently running weekly this January and February.
As we say goodbye to Tim, we get to say hello to Kate Stookey, the new President of MCHT. I look forward to getting to know Kate and continuing to work with MCHT as a valued partner in our work of conserving the extraordinary natural areas in our community and ensuring they are accessible for everyone.
THANK YOU, Tim, for all you have done and will continue to do to make our corner of the world and the larger land conservation community a better place! I look forward to seeing you around our neck of the woods.
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust have been working together to conserve Woodward Point, an 87-acre property with over 2 miles of shorefront and plentiful opportunities for recreation. Now, with the help of the Brunswick Town Council, we are closer than ever to achieving our goal of conserving this very special property.
We have both lived in the Brunswick-Topsham area for decades and have chosen to build our careers here, raise our children here, and participate in the civic life of our community through municipal committees and the support of many local nonprofits and community groups. We love this area and are proud to call it home, but we have never been more proud to be members of this community than we were last Thursday evening when the Brunswick Town Council voted unanimously to contribute $150,000 toward the conservation of the 87-acre Woodward Point property. If conserved by Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) and Brunswick Topsham Land Trust (BTLT), this property will offer 2 miles of shore frontage on the New Meadows River and Woodward Cove in East Brunswick and will create ample opportunities for free outdoor recreation, water access, nature-based education as well as the protection of natural resources including some of Brunswick’s most productive clam flats.
The Times Record, February 1
This vote was a shining example of how our community can unite by working together for common goals—and an example of how the land holds potential to bring us together. Our Town Council (representing diverse political viewpoints) found common ground for the common good.
Last night, the Brunswick Town Council voted unanimously to contribute $150,000 toward the conservation of Woodward Point using funds previously set aside for water access needs. We are so thankful for this strong support from the Town Council and are eager to advance work on this exciting project in partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Woodward Point has over 2 miles of coastline, features extensive open rolling meadowlands, pine and hardwood forest, a freshwater pond, and several good access points to the water. Now, with the help of the Brunswick Town Council, we are one step closer to creating a public access preserve with significant ecological value and excellent outdoor recreation and education opportunities for all ages and interests, ranging from fishing and kayaking to hiking and swimming.
We have just a few more months to raise the remaining funds by our deadline on March 31. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to help get us to the finish line.
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BTLT and MCHT are teaming up to conserve Woodward Point, a beautiful property over 80 acres large with over two miles of shoreline along two peninsulas on the New Meadows River in Brunswick. Recently, Down East magazine ran a story on the project.
With its sprawling pastures, spectacular views of the New Meadows River, and meandering forests at the water’s edge, Woodward Point’s defining quality is its unspoiled beauty. Bobolinks flock in the pasture. Mussels grow in a freshwater pond. Two miles of shoreline host great blue herons, oysters, and some of the most productive clamflats in Maine.
Jaki Ellis and Andy Cook fell in love with Woodward Point 40 years ago and made their fondest memories there. They raised cattle on the site’s more than 80 acres. Their kids learned to love the woods. In summer, they sailed from the dock at their back door, and in winter, they cross-country skied in the meadow.
All the while, they’ve watched the surrounding waterfront become private estates. Now, they’re retired and ready to move — but not ready to see the land they love meet the same fate. “We want to preserve the landscape,” Ellis says. “We don’t want to see it divided up and developed.”
The couple reached out to Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust in the hopes the organizations could protect their treasured land and ensure the community can enjoy it forever. The two land trusts have an option to purchase the property and are working to raise $3.5 million by March 2019 in order to make the acquisition and manage the property as a public preserve.
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