Celebrating the Kennebec Land Trust on Earth Day at the Harlow Gallery



Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Time: 7:00 pm

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, the Kennebec Valley Art Association proudly presents a talk on the history of the Kennebec Land Trust narrated by Jym St. Pierre and Howard Lake. The talk will be illustrated by slides of St. Pierre’s award winning photography, and will take place at the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7pm.

The people of the Kennebec River and Lakes Region have always been close to the land. But by the 1980s, unchecked suburban sprawl threatened to obliterate the beauty of our lakeshores and the charm of our roadsides. Malls were replacing downtowns. Houses were being scattered in chaotic confusion across the landscape. Schools were relocating to community outskirts.

In the spring of 1988, a group of citizens from western Kennebec County came together to form a conservation trust to work with landowners and communities to protect the natural features, working landscapes, and fragile ecosystems of our region. For 20 years, the Kennebec Land Trust has been quietly preserving these treasures so that we do not spoil the very characteristics that make our region a special place to live and visit.

Today, KLT has over 600 members, a board of directors and advisors that is highly regarded, responsibility for more than 40 properties totaling 3,226 acres worth over $5 million, a professional stewardship director, dozens of volunteers, a first-class outreach program of annual field trips and lectures, and a gala annual dinner.

Jym St. Pierre and Howard Lake were both founding members of the Kennebec Land Trust. Jym St. Pierre is a life-long Maine conservationist and an award winning photographer.

Please join us on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd for this richly illustrated talk. Sponsored by the Kennebec Valley Art Association.