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May 28, 2021

New Trail Open at Moses Woodman Preserve in Buxton!

Just opened this spring, there is a new connector trail ready for use at the Moses Woodman Preserve, the result of an Eagle Scout project by Nolan Green of Dayton and BSA Troop 371, Saco. The Preserve, located on Simpson Rd. in Buxton, is a 60-acre parcel with a trail system to the Saco river (see the map below). The new trail (marked in yellow) creates a loop to extend use of the system for hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers (conditions permitting, usually May 1 through February). With the new trail created by Nolan, hikers can now travel 1.7 miles along the trail network.

The Preserve was donated to Saco Valley Land Trust in 2003 by eight descendants of the Woodman family. Since then, the Saco Troop 371’s Eagle Rank candidates have often chosen to work on improvements to the Preserve for public benefit: marked trails, benches, foot and bog bridges and an information kiosk. Evidence of their excellent work can be seen throughout the property.

Some of Nolan’s new trail loop extends through a recent forest improvement cut, so it will be interesting to watch young trees sprout up and the remaining trees grow more rapidly in the next few years. Slash and standing deadwood was left for soil health and wildlife benefit in this area. Parking for three cars is available at the gate (it’s okay to block the gate unless there is a sign stating otherwise).

Nolan Green’s project involved planning and seeking approval from the local District Advancement Committee of BSA, seeking financial support, materials, and volunteers and then overseeing as well as working on the actual project. To complete the trail, Nolan organized and coordinated 116 volunteer hours! Saco Valley Land Trust sincerely thanks Nolan and his project assistants for a great addition to Moses Woodman Preserve.

Trails at Woodman Preserve, located at approximately 405 Simpson Rd, Buxton. Colors indicate the color of trail markings for the different routes.

June 10, 2020

SVLT Receives $5000 from the Davis Conservation Foundation

Saco Valley Land Trust reached out to the Davis Conservation Foundation for assistance with making their operations more robust and in offering more public programs. The foundation responded generously with a grant of $5,000 to help enhance operations and outreach over the next year and more. This will allow the land trust to offer public programs once it is safe to do so, and will in the mean-time enable improvements to our membership database, our website, and our outreach to the community. SVLT sincerely thanks the Davis Conservation Foundation for their support!

December 4, 2018

SVLT Receives Maine Outdoor Heritage Grant for Local Conservation

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund recently awarded Saco Valley Land Trust $23,000 towards their Conservation Bridge Campaign in Biddeford.  The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund receives funding through dedicated Maine Lottery scratch tickets. Twice a year their board reviews and selects project proposals from Maine non-profits; this year providing support to 52 projects that support wildlife, education and conservation projects.

Larger, connected conserved land is crucial to maintaining healthy habitat and outdoor recreational opportunities.  SVLT’s Conservation Bridge Campaign focuses in an area in western Biddeford, designated by the State of Maine, named the Biddeford/Kennebunkport Vernal Pool Complex.  The Trust seeks to work with willing, conservation-minded landowners to add strategic lots which will improve access and connectivity to our current holdings of in-fee land and easements in this area, currently totaling nearly 600 acres.
SVLT, which is celebrating its 30th year,  has also received funding for this project from the Davis Conservation Foundation and the Fields Pond Foundation.  Locally, we received a gift from Saco & Biddeford Savings, UNE Sustainability Club, and supporting SVLT members, and are currently accepting donations via the following link: