March 12, 6:30-8:00 PM at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan.


Have you ever wondered if there was something you could do with your land that would either reduce taxes or protect and preserve it forever? We are the Somerset Woods Trustees, founded in 1927 (The first Maine land trust, we believe.) by Louise Helen Coburn and a group of concerned citizens. We are dedicated to protecting Somerset County properties that have significant natural or cultural attributes and managing them in a sustainable way for public benefit. Currently we own 23 properties comprising about 842 acres (Perhaps you’ve launched at our Route 2 Cleaver Boat landing, picnicked at our adjacent Kennebec Banks rest area or enjoyed our  Coburn Woods trails?) and hold conservation easements on 8 additional tracts totaling about 643 acres.  Please join us from 6:30 -8:00 PM, March 12 at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan for a brief explanation of conservation easements presented by our president, Jack Gibson. Following Jack’s talk, Dr. Andrew Barton from UMF will offer a brief overview of his award-winning 2012 book, “The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods”. SWT attorneys Bill Townsend and Ernest Hilton will be available to answer questions concerning conservation easements, land donation and other options and how these may help you achieve the goals you have for your property. Light refreshments will be available. Please direct any questions to  .Check us out at