The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s motto is Preserving Land for Community Benefit. How do we fulfill our mission? By securing the long-term protection of valuable natural resources — and through community initiatives. What is our vision? A vibrant, diverse and thriving local economy based in part on the wealth of natural resources we work to protect. Working farms and […]
USVLT’s “Easement Exploration Series” showcases conservation easements and properties we own and is designed to connect community members with the protected lands that surround them. Once a month USVLT hosts a themed visit to a preserve or easement. Visitors might find themselves walking, hiking, running, snow-shoeing, or even canoeing or kayaking through local conservation lands. […]
With your help, the USVLT can maintain a healthy balance between community needs and land conservation. Here are some ways you can help protect our rural character and open spaces: Amazon Smile Click here for more information. Become a Member Your annual membership contribution helps us to carry out our mission. You will receive regular updates […]
Do you own a business and want to give back to the community? USVLT is a Contribute to Place® partner, and is also an approved 1% for the Planet non-profit. To find out more about participating in these corporate partnership programs, or to become a Business Member, please visit our Partners page, and THANK YOU!
Why become a member? Because it’s money well spent. Results from our first 12 years (2000-2012): 17 of our properties offer public access and miles of trails; 11 of our easements protect lake shoreline; 7 additional easements protect over 8 miles (!) of river frontage.
Membership benefits include a subscription to our newsletter, invitations to special events, monthly field trips, and voting privileges at our Annual Meeting. But most importantly, your membership will help us to maintain a healthy, sustainable balance between developed lands, natural lands and productive rural landscapes. The best membership benefit is assurance.
USVLT runs on volunteer energy! Whether you’re interested in helping with events, monitoring easements, or joining a working committee or our Board of Directors, we have a place for you. If you are interested in becoming more engaged in local land conservation efforts, please contact us with your area of interest.
Many of our lands are open to the public. For a list of conserved lands that have public access, see our properties map.
Additionally, each year, we host tours of easement land for USVLT members and the general public. To sign up for our “Easement Exploration Series,” e-mail us (see our contact page) and put “Easement Exploration Series” in the memo line. We hope to see you “on the land”!