The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. KLT protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming.
Established by citizens in 1988, KLT has partnered with landowners in 21 communities to conserve our landscape through land donations, fee purchases, and conservation easements. In addition to ongoing monitoring and land management, we have constructed many miles of trails on KLT land. We have developed informative brochures and maps of our properties, and interpretive signs, that encourage visitors to learn about and enjoy our region.
We offer public education programs and field trips for schools and other interested organizations, on relevant natural history, land stewardship, and conservation themes.
KLT is also a founding partner, along with the Maine Forest Service, of the Kennebec Woodland Partnership and Local Wood WORKS which promotes private and public woodland stewardship.
For more details of the organization, please view: KLT Bylaws
In 2013 KLT completed a science-based conservation assessment of our service area that provides guidance for our future conservation projects. The assessment is based on KLT's mission and the ten values below. It also takes into account the goals in our communities comprehensive plans.
Our values are:
Significant undeveloped shore land, including especially the shores of undeveloped ponds
Large unfragmented areas of valuable plant and wildlife habitat
Properties that serve to connect or expand existing conservation properties
Lands with unique or fragile ecosystems including land with rare or uncommon plants and wildlife
Lands with strong visual qualities including unique geological features
Lands that protect aquifers and drinking water
Working forest land and education (forest land managed for timber products as well as for ecological values)
Lands that are historically significant or have prehistoric sites