Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Announces Public Campaign to Preserve Robinson Woods Parcel | Environment

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Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Announces Public Campaign to Preserve Robinson Woods Parcel
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Cape Elizabeth -- In May of 2011, the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) negotiated the purchase of a 63.6-acre parcel adjoining Robinson Woods. Over the past 12 months, CELT has raised nearly $1.1 million in public and private contributions towards the purchase price and stewardship requirements for the property. Today, the nonprofit land conservation organization announced a Challenge Grant appealing to area residents to help complete the $1.2 million fundraising campaign.

Under the terms of the Challenge Grant, Cape Elizabeth resident Paul Coulombe has agreed to match dollar-for-dollar all donations as CELT works to raise the final $100,000 of the campaign.  CELT Executive Director Chris Franklin recognized the importance of this pledge, “Paul has been a great friend of the organization, and he immediately recognized the importance his gift would have by encouraging others to support this campaign.”

Speaking on behalf of CELT, Board President Ted Darling expressed his gratitude for the support received thus far and his optimism regarding the challenge grant.  “As a local land trust, we receive support from many sources, but the most important by far, are community donations that will help us permanently preserve this remarkable property.

Widely recognized as one of the most strategically important, and one of the most well-loved, unprotected conservation parcels in Cape Elizabeth, Robinson Woods II provides exceptional waterfowl and wading bird habitat, and secures nearly a mile of trails within the 7.5-mile cross-town trail corridor.  While the property currently allows public access, both the town and CELT agreed that the best way to ensure future public access and habitat protection was through conservation.

Support for the campaign thus far has come from a $350,000 allocation by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, $175,000 from the CELT Board of Directors and organizational land reserves, $312,000 in private foundation grants and $246,000 in individual donations.  While some of the remaining dollars may yet come from foundation sources, CELT is hopeful that area residents will respond generously to the public campaign and help the organization reach its goal prior to a November deadline to close on the property.

The land trust will be leading two public walks on the property at 3pm on Friday July 6th, and again at 9am Saturday July 7th.

The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust permanently conserves and provides stewardship for lands cherished by the community—from shore lands to marshes, from farmlands to woodlands—for the education, use and enjoyment of these and future generations.

Founded in 1985, the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust has permanently protected nearly 600 acres. It is currently engaged in a capital fundraising campaign to acquire an additional 63.6 acres of iconic Robinson family lands along Shore Road.  CELT is a member of the Maine Farmland Trust, the Maine Land Trust Network, and the Land Trust Alliance.  For more information, please visit www.capelandtrust.org or call (207) 767-6054.

 

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