Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: We conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education, and outdoor recreation.

Results: Since 1987, we have permanently conserved 2,683 acres in 14 preserves and 38 easements. We have created over 40 miles of conservation trails throughout the watershed.

Target demographics: Residents of and visitors to the mid-coast of Maine

Direct beneficiaries per year: We have 830 members.

Geographic areas served: Mid-coast Maine

Programs: The land protection program serves the membership of grlt and participating landowners by working to protect high value conservation lands throughout the st george river watershed. Grlt has a community-based approach to land protection, which is guided by strategic planning and operated in compliance with land trust alliance standards and practices. Grlt focuses its land conservation efforts in the highest value areas of the watershed as determined through a conservation planning process. The land protection program collaborates with the stewardship program on community and landowner outreach, stewardship budgets, baseline data for protected lands, easement amendments and landowner visits. Grlt participates in a variety of forums, including meetings with landowners and their advisors, partnerships with organizations and agencies, communications with the grlt board of directors, committee members and donors, and public speaking opportunities at regional and statewide venues. The land protection program serves the membership of grlt and participating landowners by working to protect high value conservation lands throughout the st george river watershed. Grlt has a community-based approach to land protection, which is guided by strategic planning and operated in compliance with land trust alliance standards and practices. Grlt focuses its land conservation efforts in the highest value areas of the watershed as determined through a conservation planning process. The land protection program collaborates with the stewardship program on community and landowner outreach, stewardship budgets, baseline data for protected lands, easement amendments and landowner visits. Grlt participates in a variety of forums, including meetings with landowners and their advisors, partnerships with organizations and agencies, communications with the grlt board of directors, committee members and donors, and public speaking opportunities at regional and statewide venues.

the stewardship program is responsible for the management of fee-owned preserves and conservation easements. Grlt has a community-based approach to the land stewardship program, which is guided by strategic planning and operated in compliance with land trust alliance standards & practices. Grlt works to accomplish established goals and collaborates with the land protection program on cummunity and landowner outreach, baseline data for preserves, annual monitoring of easements and preserves, easement amendments and landowner visits.

grlt uses education and outreach programs to engage local residents and families in outdoor exploration of special places in the watershed. Watershed quests have been developed in partnership with local schools to encourage students and families to explore and use places in a way that inspires learning and interest about the natural world and its history. In addition, grlt hosted a series of walks and talks during 2014, encouraging members and the general public to explore the st. George river watershed and learn about many diverse topics such as wildlife habitats, preservation of farmland, logging and recreational fishing.

the trails program is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of trails within the land trust's service region, including the trails on grlt's preserves and easements, the georges highland path, and other freestanding conservation footpaths. The trails program works directly with the stewardship program and the stewardship & trails committee to provide access to areas of conservation interest throughout the watershed.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Land_Trust_Accreditation_Commission

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Georges River Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Georges River Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Georges River Land Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an avid hiker on GRLT's many fine trails for over 20 years. More recently, I have been volunteering on the trail maintainers work days, to give back some modicum of the enjoyment I have gotten over the years. The workdays are well organized, so our time is useful and the camaraderie of the crew is strong. I continue to be impressed with the aesthetics of the trail routes, and I appreciate GRLT's outreach into the community to highlight the available trails and the need for conservation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

GRLT is doing a great job protecting land. The garden tours are a big hit. I would love to see all the Maine Land Trusts coordinate their maps of trails and unify the graphics for a network of maps. Having the public use trails brings home the need to donate to Land Trusts. Another thought is to have specific projects you are raising money for posted in a public way with a chart on how the progress is coming. If a goal is visible more people join in to reach that goal.

Donor

Rating: 4

GRLT is a wonderful organization doing important work. Most or all of the people involved in the organization are a real pleasure to know and to deal with. I wholeheartedly support their work. I do however have a couple of suggestions. 1. I know a substantial donor to the Land Trust who was not even given free tickets to the garden tour and was disappointed not to be recognized in that way. Obviously substantial donors should be thanked in that simple way. 2. The process of donating an easement, which i and several friends have explored, is complicated, legalistic, and costs money to the donor beyond the gift of the easement. Donors are also encouraged to open their land to hiking members etc. I think steps should be taken to make this important form of donation as painless as possible, with fewer add-ons besides the donation of the easement itself. While it is understandable that the Land Trust may incur costs maintaining a donated easement, they might get more donations if they covered those costs themselves through fund-raising.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

grlted 11/08/2010

From GRLT - Thank you for your review. It is so helpful to see these responses. It is true the easement donation process is complicated and legalistic. We will discuss with our land protection committee how we can simplify it for our donors. For the transaction, we only ask the donor to seek their own legal representation. We try to avoid additional costs (such as for surveys of the property) unless truly needed. We do not require an additional gift toward stewardship, although we always ask due to the commitment GRLT undertakes to steward the easement in perpetuity. We also do not ask easement donors to provide public access, however it can be incorporated into the project if they are interested and suggest it. We are always interested in feedback. Thanks again.