November 2017
september 2012 orange ocean sunset

Great News! CELT Expanding Robinson Woods Preserve
The 145-acre Robinson Woods Preserve, on Shore Road and in the heart of Cape Elizabeth, is loved by our community. The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is thrilled to announce that we've just signed a purchase and sale agreement to add 52 acres of land along the southern edge of the existing preserve, with connections to the Olde Colony Lane and Beach Bluff Terrace neighborhoods. The Robinson family has generously allowed the public to walk and bike on their property in the past, on an informal trail network. This expansion ensures that these fields and trails will remain open and available to our community, now and forever. Once this new land is acquired, Robinson Woods Preserve will be nearly 200 acres! 

In August, CELT volunteers participated in a study to speak with and count visitors of the current Robinson Woods property. Based on that data, we estimate that an average of 950 visitors enjoy the woods during a typical week in the summer. We look forward to offering additional trails and wildlife habitat for those who explore this special preserve. CELT has exciting ideas for creating a universal access trail so that people of all mobility levels can view the beautiful pond and surrounding forests and fields. This would be a perfect property to make that vision a reality.

And we have even more good news!  CELT has already been preliminarily approved for a Land for Maine's Future grant from the State of Maine to partially cover the cost of acquisition. We look forward to working with you to preserve these forests, fields, wildlife habitat and pond's edge for all to enjoy.

                                                                                                                    - Cindy Krum,  Executive Director

CELT Members Share Hopes for the Community 
at Annual Meeting
CELT held its annual meeting Sunday, November 5th, at Purpoodock Club. Sponsored by Dan Redmond; Key Bank; The Landing at Cape Elizabeth; Noyes, Hall and Allen Insurance; and Purdy Powers, the event attracted over 100 attendees. 

The keynote speaker, Tim Glidden of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, introduced particip ants to some of the many ways conservation groups are expanding their work  to address community needs, such as protecting a cherished sledding hill in one town. Members then gathered in small groups to share hopes and ideas about Cape Elizabeth's needs related to the land, which CELT can help to address.

"As the CELT board looks into the future, we want to stay true to our mission, while at the same time ensuring that our work reflects the needs and desires of the community we serve, "incoming president Elizabeth Goodspeed said in her remarks to the group.

In organizational business, members also recognized outgoing president Anne Carney for her outstanding three-year term as president and her eight years of service on the CELT Board. 
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The following slate of officers was elected for the new year:

Elizabeth Goodspeed, President
Suzanne McGinn, Vice President
Wyman Briggs, Treasurer
Jan Molleur, Secretary
Bill Luneburg, At-Large Member

Members who were unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to send in their thoughts on the importance of CELT's work in Cape Elizabeth and what direction the organization should consider in the coming years. Please email us to share your ideas.

Volunteers Take Action to Save Trees in Robinson Woods

In a joint project with the Fort Williams Park Foundation, more than 20 volunteers (the youngest at 2 years old!) turned out at Robinson Woods on Sunday, November 12th to help control the Winter Moths infesting trees in the preserve. (Did you see the report on WGME TV?)

Young steward in training!
In Cape Elizabeth, the Winter Moth has already killed thousands of trees, and the infestation grows every year. Tree-trunk banding in November, before the moths lay their eggs, is considered the most effective way to treat infestations. One Winter Moth can lay as many as 350 eggs, and when the caterpillars emerge in the spring, they
can defoliate and  eventually kill the tree.

After a quick introduction and demonstration, volunteers paired up to wrap trees in felt bands and apply sticky tape (BugBarrier). The groups then headed out to apply the Winter Moth kits to trees that had been marked the day before by our Stewardship team. With a big group of volunteers working together, we applied all of the materials we had purchased - 300 ft. of winter moth barrier - in about an hour, much faster than anticipated. A few volunteers stayed on to help clear fallen trees and invasive plants on the Outer Loop Trail.

Although we are out of bands, there are other resources if you'd like to get materials for trees on your property., our closest local distributor, has kits in 10-foot and 30-foot lengths. There are also 250-foot kits if you have a lot of trees or if you want to get a group order together.  You could also ask at your local garden supply or hardware store. If CELT members generate enough demand, maybe they'll start carrying the kits.

People Caring for the Land - CELT's 
2017 Annual Report is Now Online

With 30 properties and over 680 acres to care for, we simply cannot succeed without the help of more than 200 volunteers. A few of them are highlighted in our Annual Report this year. 

All current and lapsed members receive the report in the mail (if you haven't already). If you haven't yet become a member, check it out online and then click right over to the Support Us page to join!

'Tis the Season ... for Giving!

Yes, the end-of-year flurry of nonprofit giving is starting! Be sure that CELT - your local land trust - is included. 
  • #Giving Tuesday. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 28th, the day after the busiest online shopping day, and join millions giving back online so that the places you cherish are protected and cared for.
  • Give to our Annual Appeal! Mail in your envelope before December 31st to get our newly updated map and CELT decal.
  • Buy CELT Swag! Call or stop by the office (330 Ocean House Rd.) to buy a CELT water bottle for a special price of only $15. Makes a great gift and supports land conservation too!

Meet Our New Stewardship Chairs

We are very fortunate to welcome not one, but three new chairs to our Stewardship Committee. 

Chris Tullman
Chris Tullmann recently returned to Cape Elizabeth after living "away" for eight years. Chris is a civil engineer who has worked with many land conservation, transportation planning, and trail organizations, including Portland Trails. When he moved with his family back to town, he got involved in helping to survey our properties. Chris and his wife Paige can usually be found playing outside, hiking, boating, biking or skiing, with their two young boys in tow. (Chris will represent the committee on our board.)
Ryan DeBruyn was a chaperone for his son's first grade winter walk at
Ryan DeBruyn
Great Pond when he learned there was a need for a volunteer with geographic information system (GIS) expertise. Ryan is a software developer and GIS analyst (originally from Ontario), who jumped in to help CELT organize data, map our properties, and now, to assist in chairing the Stewardship Committee. 
Tim Case is a longtime lover of the outdoors who is excited to be sharing his enthusiasm with his young son. "Just before our son was born, the last stop before going to Maine Medical Center was
Tim Case with son Finn
a family walk along the Pond Trail at Robinson Woods, and it was such a magical experience. Last year, it was fantastic to have my son help put up new sign posts on that same trail for a Stewardship Committee project. There are so many great conservation lands that help make Cape a very special place. Contributing time and funds to CELT seems the least we can do to thank the hundreds of families before us who have built this organization and driven its mission forward." 

Naturalist Corner
Wild Turkey: an Origin Story

November brings thoughts of fall leaves, shorter days, cooler temperatures, and of course, turkey. The wild turkey is a long-standing native bird of North America with domestication of the bird beginning several thousand years ago in Mexico. When Europeans arrived in Mexico in the 1500s, they quickly adopted the practice of domesticating and eating turkeys, due to the birds' size and good taste. Over time, a combination of habitat destruction and the popularity of wild turkey as a food source caused the turkey population size in the U.S. to significantly decrease.  

So why do we have so many in our fields and forests today? When turkey numbers continued to plummet, game managers in the 1940s began catching wild turkeys and transplanting them to suitable habitats in an effort to rebound the population. The experiment began in Maine in 1942, but noteworthy results were not seen until the 1970s when wild turkeys were caught in Vermont and relocated here. As a result, the population of wild turkeys in Maine has risen to about 60,000 birds today, and similar re-population efforts in other parts of the country brought the population up to 7 million birds spread across 49 states. The rebounding numbers of wild turkeys have increased so much, that hunting permits for the birds have increased each year in an attempt to maintain a stable population size. 

Wild turkeys in Maine today live in mature forests feeding on acorns, seeds, berries, insects and snails. Cape Elizabeth's hardwood forests are perfect turkey habitat. When you are out in the woods, look for V-shaped scratching in the leaf litter (a sure sign of wild turkeys). In the winter turkeys will alter their diet to include more plant matter such as mosses, hemlock buds and evergreen ferns. These birds have long legs, a small head on a long neck and are very large and plump, clocking in as the eighth largest living bird species. But don't let their size fool you; wild turkeys are capable of running 25mph, and flying at maximum speeds of 55mph!

Happy Thanksgiving!                                                                 -Natasha Rathlev, Education Coordinator 

Extended Off-Leash Hours Return to Robinson Woods
CELT's canine friends have gained an additional hour of off-leash time in Robinson Woods I. From November 5th - March 11th, 2018 (the dates of standard time), off-leash access begins at 3 p.m.

Robinson Woods II off-leash hours - only before 10 a.m. daily - and all other property rules remain unchanged.

Dog waste bags are available at the kiosk at Shore Road. Please always remember to clean up after your dog and please don't allow your pets to swim in ponds or streams. 

Let's keep these wonderful properties clean and enjoyable for all visitors.

Are You Following CELT on Instagram?
It's easy to do, free, and fun! Two of our volunteers have revived our account (@celtmaine) and are posting great shots of our properties. You can post too, once you create an Instagram account on your smartphone. Just download the app, find and then "follow" @celtmaine, and post your photos on your account with a hashtag and CELT preceding the location. For example, photos you want to post from Robinson Woods could look like this: #CELTWildflowerTrail, #CELTRobinsonWoods, #CELTOuterLoopTrail. It's a fun way to share special moments out on the trails.  Show us Cape Elizabeth through your eyes!

Thank you to  Maria Lynne Scandizzo and Maya Owens for initiating and managing this for us!

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