Conserving What's Important

Land Conservation takes experience, passion, imagination, commitment & you!

There is more than one way to protect land. We are always willing to explore the opportunity and potential to protect special places. All communities benefit from the natural world; the resources and services it provides. Our communities enjoy conserved land thanks to the foresight and generosity of landowners who cared about their land and ensured it can be cherished by many, forever. 

 

 
Eleanor Burke on her beloved property in Woolwich

Eleanor Burke on her beloved property in Woolwich

Land Trust owned properties

KELT currently owns 1,759 acres of conservation land. For some landowners preserving the land they love with KELT means that they want our land trust to own the land protecting fragile habitat, developing recreation potential, and offering significant public benefit. There are options for landowners to consider with many implications and benefits to protect their land.  

KELT would like to celebrate one local woman whose love of the Kennebec Estuary and Merrymeeting Bay endures…

The conserved fields of Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham

The conserved fields of Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham

Agricultural  Easements

KELT has completed two agriculture easements with another one expected to close in 2018. An agricultural easement is a form of conservation easement. It is designed and developed with farm use as the top priority and remains in effect on the land regardless of ownership. Like a conservation easement, this is a voluntary, legal agreement with the landowner. This keeps the farm in private ownership and as a farm forever. These types of easements support local food in our communities.

Steve DeWick on his family farm in Woolwich

Steve DeWick on his family farm in Woolwich

Conservation Easements

KELT has conserved 1,880 acres through conservation easements. Conservation easements give people the assurance that the lands they love will be protected forever.  Land is donated or placed under a conservation easement, a legal agreement that remains with the land, forever. They are among the most meaningful legacies a person or family can leave to future generation. When completed, it is the job of the land trust to make sure that promise is kept. It is no small job ensuring the permanence of land conservation.

KELT would like to celebrate a local family that donated an easement on their family propery...