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Make a gift today to expand Lilly Pond Community Forest!

KELT has the opportunity to purchase 100+ acres directly south of Lilly Pond Community Forest. With your help we can protect this ecologically significant wetland, create a new parking area and trailhead from High Street and ensure more people can access nature!

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More Project Details

Between southern Bath and West Bath lies over 1,600 acres of undeveloped forest. Lilly Pond Community Forest (LPCF) and this property just to the south are part of this vast forest. In the next few months KELT has the opportunity to forever protect this property and ensure public access, before it becomes the high-density development it was planned for.

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The addition to Lilly Pond has two important conservation characteristics making it worth protecting: connectivity to a large habitat block and opportunity for recreation.
— Carrie Kinne, KELT Executive Director

The freshwater wetland on the property is crucial habitat for songbirds, frogs, wood ducks and nesting birds of prey. The vast forest is prime habitat for foxes and white-tailed deer.

Diverse users of the area and the City of Bath have identified this part of south Bath as a vitally important recreational community asset that embodies the character of our community. It is extremely rare to have such an extensive intact land area in a city, which creates immense opportunity for recreation. Importantly, this project would create a better access point along High Street for access to all of this land.

Conservation of this property will ensure a balanced outcome for people, plants and wildlife. We are raising significant funds through federal and private grants, and a generous bargain sale. We need you and our community to help us protect this important land!

Future Recreational Opportunities If Protected:

 
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Innovative Ways to Give

There are many ways to donate that can benefit you financially and provide essential support to KELT. Learn more about creative giving options and what is right for you, right now. 

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STock & Security Gifts

A gift of stock can reduce your tax burden and help protect the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. 

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Donor advised Fund GiftS

A charitable investment account for the sole purpose of support charitable organizations you care about like KELT!

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ira Charitable Gifts

An easy way to support KELT's work and avoid tax burdens associated with an IRA retirement account.

 

Plan Your Giving & Leave a Legacy

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Legacy Gifts- a bequest, a gift from your IRA, a gift of life insurance or another asset- are critical to the long-term success of KELT.

For many KELT supporters, planned or estate gifts create a significant and meaningful way to ensure that their passion for the estuary endures. You can make a legacy gift by establishing a provision in your estate plan that will direct a gift of money or property to KELT at some point in the future.

There are a variety of ways to make a legacy gift: 

A bequest in a will or living trust
A beneficiary designation for a retirement, bank account, annuity or life insurance policy. 

These can be in the form of:  

Cash, stock, mutual funds, savings bonds, retirement accounts, real estate, or business interests.