Events

  • May 30

    Walk and Talk with SVLT and IF&W Wildlife Biologist Derek Yorks

  • Feb 14

    Explore the Middle Goosefare with Saco Valley Land Trust and Saco Bay Trails

  • Feb 5

    SVLT Monthly Board Meeting @ Saco City Hall

Who Are We?

Saco Valley Land Trust is a Federal 501c(3) nonprofit, chartered to hold conservation easements and own land, as well as to promote the concepts of value of preservation of open spaces to wildlife, water quality and quality of place for southern Maine residents.

SVLT is an all-volunteer organization with a highly involved Board of Directors and a core group of volunteers from the community. We are also supported by a loyal group of paying members, a cadre of professionals who work pro-bono or for reduced fees, and receive financial support form several businesses.

SVLT owns over 500 acres in Biddeford, Saco and Buxton, as well as conservation easements on 200 acres. Most of our land and easements have been generously donated to us. Our holdings are diverse; from small woodlots to two working farms. Many of our recent acquisitions have been open spaces attached to development plans in rural Biddeford. These pieces will provide immediate neighbors and the general public easy access to quiet areas, and are proving to be ‘magnets’ for other conservation components as nearby development occurs.

SVLT is conscious of its responsibilities to its donors. In response to our own growth and in response to the encouragement of national and regional Trust networks, SVLT has made extraordinary efforts to improve its internal structure, secure financial resources for future protection, and build up the board. SVLT’s all-volunteer board, for instance, has been attending workshops and courses designed to give boards the information they need to operate effectively.

Connecting With Our Place from Casco Bay Stories on Vimeo.

Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative and its partners have conserved over 15,000 acres of land in Southern Maine. We rely on volunteers to take care of these special places. This video celebrates those environmental stewards of the land. Produced in partnership with Casco Bay Estuary Partnership and Casco Bay Stories. Film by Galen Koch, 2014.