Founded in 1977, SLT has a rich history of people and community partners working together to conserve Scarborough land.

Scarborough has been one of the fastest-growing towns in Maine.  It is also one of the few towns in Maine where citizens approved bonds for land conservation, and by strong majorities.  We celebrate all who work to benefit our land, our wildlife, and our community — past, present and future.

Sewell Woods leaders, 1995

Gervais partners, 2009

Frith Farm partners, 2010

Broadturn farmers Stacy Brenner & John Bliss

Warren family at 2013 dedication

Jannelle property donation, 2014

 Winslow Homer Studio project partners, 2014

Benjamin property closing, 2014

Comstock Farm, 2015

Dick Waterhouse on his farm, 2016

A Timeline of our History

SLT is proud to have served the Scarborough community for 40 years.

1977

Eight citizens concerned with population growth and its impact on Scarborough’s natural heritage create Owascoag Land Conservation Trust.

1980

Scarborough population 11,347.

1984

Land Trust changes its name to Scarborough Land Conservation Trust.

1990

Scarborough population 12,518.

1995

Albert G. Sewell, Jr. donates 35-acre Sewell Woods to SLT.

1996

SLT purchases 123-acre Libby River Farm next to Camp Ketcha, and adds 50 acres to Scarborough Marsh.

2000

Scarborough population 16,970.

2001

SLT purchases 180-acre Fuller Farm.  Combined with a land donation from abutting Dunn Estates, it becomes a 220-acre area with 3,500 feet of frontage on the Nonesuch River, the largest fresh water source for Scarborough Marsh.

Scarborough voters pass $1.5 million land bond.

2004

SLT purchases the 434-acre Meserve Farm in western Scarborough.

Scarborough voters pass $2.5 million land bond.

2005

SLT hires first staff person, Marla Zando, as Stewardship Director.

2006

SLT chooses John Bliss and Stacy Brenner as the new farmers to lease part of Meserve Farm.  After extensive renovations, they move into the farmhouse, which was originally built in the 1890s. They change the farm’s name to Broadturn Farm and start a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program of organic vegetables with over 75 members and a summer camp for children.

2009

SLT partners with Friends of Scarborough Marsh to purchase the 45-acre Gervais property and add it to the permanently protected lands of Scarborough Marsh, owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Broadturn Farm wins Eco-Excellence award from EcoMaine for its many green activities.

Alpha Management generously donates a small office for SLT at 7 Oak Hill Terrace.

2010

SLT acquires a recreational trail easement at Frith Farm, a 20-acre farm protected by Maine Farmland Trust.

Broadturn Farm is chosen by the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District as the 2009 Conservation Farm of the Year.

Scarborough population 20,000. 

Scarborough voters pass $1 million land bond.

2011

SLT creates new trail connecting Sewell Woods and Frith Farm.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) awards SLT a grant to help restore habitat for the state endangered New England Cottontail rabbit at Libby River Farm.

Land Trust changes name to Scarborough Land Trust.

2012

SLT hires Kathy Mills as Executive Director.

SLT purchases 156-acre Warren Woods property.

SLT signs 30-year lease with farmers John Bliss and Stacy Brenner at Broadturn Farm, and hosts first Fresh from the Farm dinner there to raise stewardship funds for the property.

SLT is chosen by the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District as the 2011 Outstanding Conservation Cooperator of the Year.

2014

SLT purchases 135-acre Benjamin property, securing unanimous Town Council support for $2 million from the Town Land Bond Fund and $500,000 in a community Capital Campaign for the $2.5 million project, the most ever raised in SLT’s history.

SLT partners with Portland Museum of Art and Prouts Neck Association to conserve the half-acre land and viewshed around the iconic Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck.

SLT partners with the Town of Scarborough to permanently conserve 40 acres at Willey Recreation Area.

SLT works with Friends of Scarborough Marsh to add the 3-acre Jannelle property off Roundabout Lane to the Scarborough Marsh.  The property was donated by the Jannelle family.

SLT celebrates 10 years of conserving Broadturn Farm, which now has 200 CSA members, a thriving flower business, summer weddings, farm camp and pre-school. Fresh from the Farm dinner sells out in two weeks for the third year in a row.

2015

With start-up grant funding, SLT creates a new part-time Stewardship Coordinator position to meet growing needs.

Over 100 people attend SLT’s Annual Meeting for the second consecutive year.

SLT partners with Maine Farmland Trust to conserve the 99-acre Comstock Farm on Berry Road. SLT will create a public trail on the property in the future.

SLT chooses Pleasant Hill Preserve as the name for the Benjamin property, at a dedication on September 26. A permanent memorial to Mr. Benjamin is installed on the property.

2016

SLT assists Maine Farmland Trust in their conservation of the 100-acre Waterhouse Farm on Beech Ridge Road, the oldest farm in town.

The first permanent trail at Pleasant Hill Preserve is SLT’s first ADA/universal access trail, to enable more community members to enjoy the Preserve.

New trails are established at Warren Woods.

Spring Clean-up has a record turnout with over 50 volunteers.

2017

SLT celebrates 40 years of land conservation.