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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Farmland Preservation, Food, Land Resources Conservation, Recreation & Sports, Sports

Mission: To preserve, protect, and steward the cherished landscapes and rich natural resources of our communities, to provide access for recreation, and to support local agriculture and other traditional land uses, now and for generations to come.

Programs: Land conservation - btlt conserves in perpetuity highly valued natural areas, working lands, and shorefront using all the tools of private land conservation. At the end of fy 2015, btlt owned 641. 1 acres outright, and held conservation easements on 1,609. 19 acres, including 35. 2 acres in easement acquired in the past year. These lands include ecologically significant coastal estuaries, wetlands, important plant and wildlife habitat, agricultural fields used for local food production, and small parcels providing green space and public access to rivers and ocean. Landowners donate or sell land or an interest in their land (i. E. Conservation easement) to the trust. The public benefits of this program, available to residents of and visitors to midcoast maine, include: scenic landscapes; outdoor recreation opportunities; local agriculture; habitat and resource protection; flood protection; and water access for fishing and commercial shellfish harvesting.

land stewardship - btlt actively stewards its fee and easement properties to ensure that their conservation values are maintained. Every fee property is managed according to a site-specific management plan and every easement property is monitored annually to ensure the terms of the easement are being upheld. Other stewardship responsibilities include: managing property; defending easements; maintaining 17 miles of trails on properties that provide public access; building new trails; building and maintaining bridges, kiosks, and other amenities; providing appropriate signage; outreach and public education focused on conservation and natural resources. Stewardship activities are carried out on the 641 acres btlt owns outright and the 1,609 acres on which it holds easements.

support for local agriculture - an important part of btlt's mission is support for local agriculture. The trust supports agriculture in the following ways: protecting farm and pasture land for agriculture, including a 321-acre working farm; operating a farmers' market that provides a much-needed retail outlet for 40 local farmers and producers; providing a community garden that makes 80 individual garden plots available to community members and a 6,000 sq. Ft. Common good bed available to a local food bank to raise produce for its clients; and establishing the local farms-local food initiative. This initiative is a partnership between the brunswick-topsham land trust and the kennebec estuary land trust formed to enhance the local food economy, raise awareness of the benefits of local food, and increase farmland conservation in the region. The public benefits of these programs include: increased availability of local food in the region; increased outlets for local farmers to sell their produce; increased viability of local agriculture in our area; community garden plotholders have the ability to raise their own food; the local food bank grew over 2,600 pounds of food for food insecure families.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, our family was granted a plot to grow organic fruits and vegetables. This is not something we could have accomplished on our own.

We are grateful for our 10' x 16' plot and for all that they do to ensure a successful crop. Not to mention, all the other land preservation efforts of BTLT that our family and community benefit from!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Brunswick-Topsham 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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Land Trust has done an incredible job ensuring natural and historic vistas of scenic and environmental importance are forever preserved, many members of the public bike run and walk in and around these beautiful preserved properties. I am truly greatful for the work this organization has done when the towns and larger organizations have shown no interest in such local preservation. Zealous maybe but corrupt never, thank goodness for their hard work preventing suburban sprawl and preserving natural scenic landscapes!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Brunswick Topsham Land Trust is one of a growing number of "land trusts" in the State of Maine.
Its office is in downtown Brunswick Maine. Technically this "land trust" is a "non profit" organization
BUT... this "non profit" organization does not post on its web site its total incoming revenues AND its total outgoing expenses. WHY? As an IRS approved non charitable organization, why isn't the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust providing FULL PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF ALL OF ITS PUBLIC CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND GIFTS?

There is a somewhat new Executive Director who has been in charge for a few years. Before that, she was a member of the Board BUT...her college degree is NOT LISTED nor is her PRIOR WORK HISTORY. What are her qualifications to be in charge and have access to so MUCH PUBLIC CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND GIFTS?

The Executive Director of the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust is in charge of a $7 million dollar capitol campaign that has been underway recently. What exactly is this money being used for?

This "non profit" also receives charitable donations from the public for membership fees, financial gifts including stocks and major financial gifts and gifts of REAL ESTATE (yes, REAL ESTATE - MAJOR GIFTS FROM THE PUBLIC!!!). What exactly are these major charitable donations being used for?

Why is this "non profit" NOT providing FULL and OPEN PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY OF ALL THE PUBLIC FUNDS AND CHARITABLE DONATIONS IT RECEIVES??? The agenda for upcoming Board meetings are NOT POSTED so the public is not invited to attend AND the permanent minutes of its Board meetings are NOT POSTED. The minutes of its subcommittees are NOT POSTED.

Hmmm, there is a pattern here of non disclosure. I wonder why the Executive Director and the President of the Board are not providing full disclosure as a non profit organization. If you have any experience with this "non profit" land trust, report them on this website.

Review from Guidestar