April 07, 2020

Bangor Land Trust eyes opportunities

BANGOR – The Bangor Land Trust is exploring new tools and possibly new partnerships.

Members of the Bangor Land Trust met Wednesday for a presentation by David Queeley of the Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People Program, and Wolfe Tone, project manager of the Maine office in Portland.

“I’m just really impressed with them as an organization,” said Lucy Quimby, Bangor Land Trust president. “They have a very strong focus on the connection between land and people.”

The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit organization that works to conserve land for public use. Since its foundation in 1974 the Trust for Public Land has helped complete more than 3,000 land conservation projects in 46 states according to its Web site, www.tpl.org.

“We haven’t gotten to Bangor yet but maybe after tonight we’ll end up doing some work here,” Queeley said.

Currently, the biggest project of the Bangor Land Trust is conservation of the Caribou Bog and the Penjajawoc Marsh. Its long-term goal is to create a wildlife conservation corridor that runs from Essex Woods to Pushaw Lake.

The main purpose of the presentation was to explain the Trust for Public Land’s Greenprinting program.

Greenprinting is a process of mapping land according to its conservation value. It uses Geographic Information System software, known as GIS, to create a digital map that can then be used to help organizations decide where to focus their energy and resources.

“It’s not just a mapping exercise,” said Breece Robertson, national GIS director, who joined the meeting by teleconference from New Mexico. “It’s a decision support tool.”

Greenprinting is the most technically impressive tool used by the Trust for Public Land but they also use some more traditional methods. Before Greenprinting can take place a local technical advisory team is assembled from members of the community to help organize the projects and screen data before it is imputed.

After the presentation, Queeley expressed interest in partnering with the Bangor Land Trust.

“We’d love to come work in Bangor.” He said.

Quimby is not sure exactly what collaboration would look like yet but she looks forward to it.

“I think it will be a very exciting opportunity for Bangor.”

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