About Us

 

The Falmouth Land Trust is an independent, non-profit, organization that conserves field, forest and farms in Falmouth. The Trust was launched in 1981 by a small group of citizens committed to protecting open space in Falmouth and maintaining the rural character of the community. The first property, donated in 1981, to the Trust was given by the McCrann Family, and today is known as the McCrann Preserve. This 50-acre property, centrally located in Falmouth is a place where many families enjoy hiking and walking their pets. Over the next decade, other properties were subsequently donated. In 2006, the Town began implementing a Greening of Falmouth Plan which resulted in several additional land holdings and easements granted to the Trusts. In 2002, a Land for Maine’s Future grant enabled the trust to purchase its largest parcel, the 280-acre Blackstrap Hill preserve. More recently, in 2015, the Trust was able to galvanize community support for the purchase of the Hurricane Valley Farm. The iconic 62-acre farm will soon be returned to agricultural production for the Falmouth markets, the public school food program and other local consumption. For the past 36 years, the volunteer Board of Trustees, along with other citizens who help steward properties, have preserved 47 separate parcels and nearly 1,300 acres of land in Falmouth. Much of that land is available for public access and recreation on the nearly fifty miles of open trails that are maintained by volunteers. As a result of decades of devotion, the Trust has protected habitats, helped preserve the rural character of the town and provided recreational access for our citizens. We look forward to sustaining and strengthening our impact in the future.