Forty members of the South Portland Land Trust and other residents of South Portland met at Fore River Brewing Company on Wednesday, November 16 to celebrate that organization’s recent successes and to learn more about outdoor opportunities in our community.
The event was organized by Heather Drake and Sarah Stickney, both members of the South Portland Land Trust Board of Directors. “Fore River turned out to be an excellent venue for our gathering,” said Drake. “We were so pleased when they offered their space to us.”
Outgoing President, Steve Jocher, updated the group on the Land Trust’s recent success in establishing the new Dow’s Woods Nature Preserve off Highland Avenue near the South Portland High School, welcomed newly-elected board members, and thanked those leaving the board. Sarah Stickney was elected as as Secretary, Heather Drake as Vice President, and Kate Lewis as President. Steve Jocher and Mary Linneman are staying on the board, but stepping down from their officer positions as President and Secretary, respectively. David Rooker will be leaving the board.
“I’m so grateful for the time and energy Steve Jocher has dedicated to the Land Trust over several years,” Lewis said. “Under his leadership, we protected two new key parcels in South Portland, and have a very well-organized plan that I hope to work with new leaders to execute over the next several months.”
Continuing board members include Peggy Stewart (Treasurer), Mary Linneman, Charlie Baldwin, Tom Blake, Richard Rottkov, Jeff Ryan, Bethany Woodworth, and Bill Laidley.
Land Trust board member and South Portland Mayor, Tom Blake, shared a presentation of the “Hidden Jewels of South Portland” - twenty-nine lesser-known sites around the community, their location, and their histories.
Land Trust Program Manager, Dugan Murphy, sees the annual meeting as an opportunity to wrap up a successful year and to look forward to the next. “I’m excited to run with the energy from this gathering and turn it into another successful year for trails and open spaces in South Portland,” Murphy said.