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Free Film – Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


How can land trusts work more closely with their community to address the traditions and aspirations of community members?  Join us for this screening of a documentary by Maine’s Emmy award winning filmmaker Mark Ireland. Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine: coastal, inland, western mountains and Downeast. Shot throughout four seasons, Ireland richly captures the beauty of Maine from coast to mountains, farmland to deep forests. Hikers, kayakers, immigrant farmers, kids, fishing guides, balsam tree-tippers, canoe-builders and more, tell the stories of local communities finding balance in nature.

Each land trust featured works closely with their community to addresses the traditions and needs of all community members, providing access to preserved lands and creating projects that build constituencies across diverse communities. Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) works with gardeners, shellfish harvesters, and the faith community. At Downeast Lakes Land Trust, projects involve school children, local crafts people, hunters and fishermen. The Androscoggin Land Trust partners with various organizations to create access and programs for the growing immigrant community. The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust runs an Eco Camp which utilizes tourist dollars to help fund the cost for struggling local families.

Following the film, you can join in a discussion with filmmaker Ireland and representatives of several land trusts to explore ways that CELT and other land trusts can serve local  communities.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided. And we’ll have a separate area set up for kids to play – so please feel free to bring the little ones!

Previous showings have sold out – email info@capelandtrust.org to reserve your space.


April 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Cape Elizabeth Land Trust


Thomas Memorial Library
6 Scott Dyer Road
Cape Elizabeth, 04107 United States
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