Royal River Natural Foods makes ongoing donation to FCT

Freeport Conservation Trust is pleased to announce a partnership with Royal River Natural Foods: the natural food grocery store donates to Freeport Conservation Trust the fees they collect from customers for use of paper bags, per Freeport municipal ordinance.

While it would be best for the environment if everyone used reusable bags, FCT is pleased to be the beneficiary of the bag fee program. FCT will do good things with the proceeds: work to create and maintain trails around town, look for opportunities to preserve addition special outdoor places, and offer natural history and outdoor recreation related programs.

Thank you Royal River Natural Foods!

Visit Royal River Natural Foods here.

Arctic Observations with Peter Ralston, February 7 @ 7 pm, FCC

Join us for a stunning photo journey to Greenland and the Northwest Passage. Talented photographer and co-founder of the Island Institute, Peter Ralston, will share stories and images from his summer 2016 trip to the Arctic on a sailing yacht. You will be treated to dramatic landscapes, wildlife from whales to polar bears, and Inuit villages. Peter will ponder rapid and dramatic changes in the region brought on by global warming.

Arctic Observations with Peter Ralston

Tuesday, February 7, 7 – 8:30 pm

Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street

Free.  Refreshments.

2016 Trail Challenge open to all in September and October

Hike four local trails during September and October to enjoy an adventure out your back door.

To participate in the Freeport Trail Challenge organized by Freeport Conservation Trust visit trails at Calderwood, Quarry Woods, Pettengill Farm and Bliss Woods. Look for a sign and a container with a stamp and pad located along the trail and stamp your Passport or take a photo of yourself on site. Directions to trailheads are at the “Explore Freeport Outdoors” page of this website and they are printed on the Passport.

Collect stamps from each trail on the Trail Challenge Passport or post a “selfie” from your walk on Facebook or Instagram. Pick up a Freeport Trail Challenge Passport at Town Hall, the Historical Society or the Community Center. Or you can contact FCT to get a Passport mailed to you. FCT’s office is in the Community Center, 865-3985 x 212,

Kids who get all four stamps in their Passports will get a Dairy Queen gift certificate and adults completing the Challenge will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

FCT’s partners in putting on the Freeport Trail Challenge are Town of Freeport, Freeport Historical Society and New England Forestry Foundation.

For a downloadable version of the Passport click here: 2016 Passport Trail Challenge

Join us for the FCT Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm, Freeport Community Center

Join us at our Annual Meeting to hear a talk by local author, Phillip Hoose, about his book, Moonbird.

It’s Wednesday night, June 8, at 7 pm at the Freeport Community Center. Free. Refreshments.

Praise for Moonbird:

“Moonbird shows marvelously well, with Phillip Hoose’s very engaging style, that to celebrate the individual makes it easier to save the species.” —Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

“This is a compellingly told story of a remarkable individual bird, and of how greatly his world has changed in just two decades.” —Jonathan Franzen, New York Times bestselling author of The Corrections and Freedom

May and June events – join us for one or more!

Thursday, May 26, 4:30 – 6 pm, Stonewood Trailhead.
Woodland plant walk with FCT and Heather McCargo from Maine Wild Seed Project. It’s a lovely season in the woods, which are full of delicate blooms, new leaves and unfurling ferns. Learn about the
Turn off Route 1 across from Freeport Ski and Bike onto Stonewood Drive. Trailhead is at the end of Stonewood Drive. Park in adjacent parking lot.

Thursday, June 2, 3-6 pm, Freeport Fire Station
Healthy Ways to Work and Play, a wellness fair with over 30 vendors, including FCT, demonstrations and food sampling.
Free with a donation of food for the food pantry.

Wednesday, June 8, 7 pm, Freeport Community Center
FCT Annual Meeting with Phil Hoose, local author, as guest speaker talking about Moonbird, A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, about a small Rufa Red Knot that migrates in his lifetime the distance to the moon and half way back.

Sunday, June 12, 1-3 pm, Powell Point
Family Fun Day, an outing at one of FCT’s more varied trails: float boats, make fairy houses, sample water, toast marshmallows….
Park at paved turnaround on Lambert Road about a mile from South Freeport Road. Continue on Lambert Road on foot to Powell Point trailhead sign on the right.

Freeport Conservation Trust job opening

FCT is looking for a part-time administrative assistant. It’s a 10 hour/week job for 9 months with the likelihood that it will be continued. Official posting follows.

Administrative Assistant

Freeport Conservation Trust (FCT) is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization with the mission to protect, preserve and connect open space lands, including forests, farmland, scenic vistas, wildlife habitat and shore land in Freeport, Maine. Currently staffed by a part-time Executive Director, FCT’s Board has decided to add a part-time administrative position. If the Board determines that this position is a benefit to FCT it will be continued, and it may evolve to include tasks related to fundraising and organizing volunteers.

Position Description
Temporary (9-month) part-time (10 hours per week) position that supports the FCT Executive Director and Board of Trustees by managing office administrative activities and assisting with implementation of the Land Trust Standards and Practices.

The Executive Director will provide primary supervision. Board members may provide direction on specific projects and tasks.

Qualifications and Experience
FCT is seeking a highly motivated, self-starting, well-organized individual with the ability to work effectively with the Executive Director, members of the board, and the community at large.

Employee Attributes, Experience, and Credentials
• Well organized, meticulous with details
• Excellent verbal and writing skills
• Knowledge and familiarity with computer systems, including Word, Excel, QuickBooks or similar financial software
• Ability to convey positively the mission and programs of FCT
• Understanding of land conservation, community organizations and nonprofits
• Demonstrated history of flexibility, adaptability
• Associate or bachelor’s degree
• Experience in an administrative support role
• Experience in development a plus
• Experience working with or coordinating volunteers a plus

• Hours: 10 hours per week, flexible schedule
• Hourly rate: $12-$15 per hour, depending on experience

How to Apply:
• Cover letter, resume and references to: by April 25
• Hiring subject to background check

Cabin Fever Film Fest, February 23, 7 pm – join us!

Freeport Conservation Trust invites the public to view several locally-produced movies about skiing, community and natural beauty. This event will be the Freeport premier of 1000 Feet & Below, a documentary movie about Maine’s smaller ski areas, which are slowly disappearing. Filmmaker Joel Osgood graduated from Freeport High School in 1997.

Also to be shown are several short movies by local filmmakers Randy Baker, Lincoln Benedict, Paul Santomenna, Caiden Shea and others.

The Film Fest will take place Tuesday, February 23, 7 – 8:30 pm at the
Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street. $5 admission appreciated (but not necessary.)

All are invited to a walk at Calderwood on Thursday at 1 pm

All are invited to meet at Calderwood for a walk on Thursday, January 28 at 1 pm.

The trailheads are on either side of outer Flying Point Road almost at the Freeport-Brunswick town line. There are small signs. Let’s all try to park on the same side of the road.

Boots are likely the best footwear. Don’t think snowshoes will be necessary, even if the trail is not packed.

This walk will take around an hour. Hope you can come!

Field Estuary: a generous donation is FCT’s newest acquisition

Freeport Conservation Trust is pleased to announce that in October Freeport residents Joe and Genie Field gave FCT a property along the upper Harraseeket River. The nineteen acres of forest and marshland will become the Field Estuary, with access from Wolf Neck Road.

“We donated this ecologically and historically important land to Freeport Conservation Trust in order to preserve it for our children and all the people of Freeport forever,” announced Joe and Genie Field. “Our predecessors farmed this land for centuries and it is directly across the river from Pettengill Farm, owned by Freeport Historical Society. As nearby properties became developed, we felt the history of salt water farming, the natural beauty of this portion of the river basin and the character of Wolf Neck were getting lost. Giving the pristine estuary and river frontage to FCT was a perfect solution, as they will manage and preserve it forever.”

Accepting this generous gift, Victoria Stefanakos, FCT President, said, “We are grateful to the Fields for sharing with us and the community their valued property so that anyone will be able to walk through the majestic hemlocks, past rock outcrops, and down to the expansive and ever-changing saltmarsh. We are honored to care for this land into the future.”

Over the next several months, FCT will plan and build a trail to the Field Estuary. Stay tuned for news of the trail opening.