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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.

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