Our conservation, stewardship, environmental education, and community engagement work is possible only because members like you support us. This past year, your financial support enabled us to:
- merge with our long-time partner, Cathance River Education Alliance, unlocking endless possibilities in local environmental education for young and old alike. This year we have offered educational programs on topics such as firefly mating habits, no-till gardening, wildflowers, and community solar farms — with more to come!;
- complete the long-awaited trail reroute that reconnects the Cathance River Trail between Cathance River Nature Preserve and Head of Tide Park, including the installation of a 40-foot long bridge across a sizeable ravine. If you haven’t yet visited, check it out — it is impressive!;
- conserve additional acres in Pennellville, the locus of BTLT’s beginning, and a trail easement ensuring the Cathance River Trail will be available to the public forever. We anticipate sharing news soon about several other conservation projects that are in the works;
- connect 740 students and 256 campers to nature through one of our CREA environmental education initiatives of science-based school field trip and nature-based summer camp;
- harvest 1,548 pounds of fresh, local produce from the Common Good Garden (CGG) at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden for donation to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program;
- welcome over 300 kids to our inaugural year of POP (Power of Produce) Club at the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm. Kids each received a $4 token, redeemable for a fruit or vegetable from one of our 35 vendors. The Market was also voted the best in Maine in the American Farmland Trust’s 2023 America’s Farmers Market Celebration; and
- provide community engagement opportunities, such as birding outings, outdoor yoga, our LGBTQIA+ Trail Mixer series, and guided stewardship walks of our properties.
Your support sustains our work and fuels our dreams. We are excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Steve Walker, and we have our work cut out for ourselves with our five-year strategic plan that plots our course through 2027 – a course we are bullish about thanks to the tremendous support and loyalty of members like you. If our 3,200 acres of conserved land and over 24 miles of public trails are among your go-to places when you need to commune with nature, get some exercise, meet up with friends, or just sit and breathe, we ask that you please renew your BTLT membership by December 31st.
You can click the RENEW TODAY button below or follow this link. And if you have already renewed your FY2023 membership, thank you. We are grateful for your support!