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.

Directions to the four Freeport Trail Challenge/Passport destinations

Join the Freeport Trail Challenge (for more info see previous post)

Cousins River Trail
The trail starts at a kiosk on a knoll at the back left-hand
corner of the Casco Bay YMCA parking lot on Old South
Freeport Road, off Route 1. Park in the YMCA lot. It is about
0.5 mile to the shore of the Cousins River.
Powell Point Trail
The trailhead is on Lambert Road, approximately 1 mile from
the intersection with South Freeport Road. Park in the paved
turnout on the left side of Lambert Road, just before the
unpaved section. Do not worry about the No Parking signs
but be sure to leave space for a school bus to turn around.
From the parking area, walk along the unpaved section of
Lambert Road; the trail begins on the right before the first
driveway and is marked with an FCT sign. It is about 0.8 mile
to a bluff with a big view.
Frost Gully Woods
The trailhead is at the left rear of Burr Cemetery off of Rt. 136.
Enter the cemetery, turn left at the Bonney tombstone and
park by the woods. It is a “lollipop” trail that loops by upper
Frost Gully Brook and a pond. This trail is not on a trial map.
Total trail distance is about 1 mile.
Hedgehog Mountain
The trailhead is located on Hedgehog Mountain Road off
Pownal Road. A gravel parking area is located on the left just
before the Recycling Center gate. Round trip to the summit
is about 1 mile.

Join the Freeport Trail Challenge

Want to hike four local trails during September and October?

Participate in the Freeport Trail Challenge.

Collect stamps from each trail on the Trail Challenge Passport or post a “selfie” from your walk to Freeport Conservation Trust’s Facebook page or on Instagram #freeporttrailchallenge.

Enjoy a double treat this fall! There will be prizes for kids who get all four stamps in their Passports and adults completing the challenge will be entered into a raffle for prizes.

The four trails in the challenge are: Cousins River Trail, Powell Point Trail, Frost Gully Woods Trail and Hedgehog Mountain Trail. Directions to each trailhead are on the Passport cards. Or go to the “Explore Freeport Outdoors” page of this website for directions.

Pick up a Freeport Trail Challenge Passport around town and through the co-sponsors: Town of Freeport, Casco Bay YMCA and Freeport Conservation Trust. You can contact FCT to get a Passport mailed to you. FCT’s office is in the Community Center, 865-3985 x212,

All walks must be completed by the end of October, Passports turned in or photos posted by November 2.