The South Portland Land Trust is a private, nonprofit land trust dedicated to these key goals:
Create a 20-mile network of trails interlinking South Portland neighborhoods to each other and to the trails of adjoining communities.
Engage the community in park and trail use, open space protection, trail building and land stewardship.
Encourage and support the acquisition of the priority open spaces.
Sawyer Marsh Photo by Denise Michaud
Interested in working for SPLT?
Job Opportunity - Program Manager
SPLT's long-time program manager, Jon Dore, has left us for a full-time position in Portland. We congratulate Jon, and thank him for his incredible dedication to the mission of the Land Trust. He is truly irreplaceable - but we need to replace him! We are looking for a part-time (10 to 15 hours per week) Program Manager to assist the Board with implementing our vision for the organization and with organizational and administrative functions.
Please click here for a job description. Interested candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to the attention of the Executive Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014.
The Bug Light 5K Run & Walk 2014
Sunday, October 12th at 9 am
This event supports the park, trail and historical preservation projects of the South Portland Land Trust and the South Portland Historical Society. For More Information, go to Bug Light 5K.
If you have become a member of the SPLT in the last year, but have not received our iContact Newsletters, then please know that we have just updated our iContact database so that all members should now receive a email copy of the newsletters in 2014.
In addition, you can go to our news page to see 3 archived recent, popular newsletters.
Hinckley Park Enhancement Projects
If you've visited Hinckley Park this fall and winter, you have most likely seen some improvements to the parking area, the shoreline and the trails.
Using a water quality improvement grant from the Gulf of Maine Council, the SPLT, the City and the Maine DEP have been working together on a number of projects intended to reduce soil erosion and parking lot runoff entering the ponds and Kimball Brook. We hope to conduct more trail and shoreline work this year.
The Trout Brook Nature Preserve
Sign and Bench Installed!
The trail from Boothby Avenue and from Providence Avenue to Sawyer Street is finally complete. Along the way, you follow one completely new section of trail, cross two new bog bridges and the new 45' Trout Brook bridge and you can even take a load off on two new granite benches. We will continue to plant native plants and wildflowers and remove invasive plants.
Fall Clark's Pond Clean Up a Big Success
Eagle Scout candidate, Brad Mileson, worked with SPLT Program Manager, Jon Doré to plan and implement a project at Clark's Pond last fall to improve trails, install new signs and move a bridge to more stable footing. Funding for the project was donated by J. B. Brown & Sons, which also provided the SPLT with a public access trail easement for the Red Brook Trail.
The Maine Mall Wellness Loop is Ready!
The City of South Portland has improved sidewalks around one third of the perimeter of The Maine Mall. The SPLT has certified the quarter mile marks around the 1.5 mile route. The sign posts and mile marker signs, shown above, have been installed.
The loop trail passes by the newly improved South Branch Trail, so if you are ready for a creekside stroll, give it a try as well.
The South Branch Trail has been resurfaced and improved with a kiosk and picnic tables. The trail is located on Philbrook Avenue across from the JC Penneys entrance to The Maine Mall. We used stone dust to hold off the surrounding grass and will later top dress this with trail mulch to better cushion your feet.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com.