Somerset Woods Trustees is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. We are governed by a 12-member board of directors recruited from our community.
Jack Gibson, President
Ernie Hilton, Vice President
Davida Barter, Secretary
Greg Dore, Treasurer
Sarah Bigney McCabe
Thanks to our Advisory Board for their many contributions!
Jennifer Brockway, Executive Director
Jennifer supports the SWT through her consulting business Rise & Shine. Jennifer has worked in Maine's conservation and restoration community since returning to Maine in 2005, in 2018 founding Rise & Shine to provide clients around New England with conservation planning, community outreach and fundraising support. She lives in Troy with her husband and two children.
Somerset Woods Trustees (SWT) was formed in 1927 and is likely the oldest land trust in Maine. Louise Helen Coburn (1856-1949) of Skowhegan, botanist, historian, poet, author, philanthropist and visionary, initiated the Somerset Woods Trustees and was its first president. A board having a maximum of 12 volunteer directors governs the SWT. The Charter of the Somerset Woods Trustees, its enabling legislation, as amended, states the purpose of the organization is to acquire, hold, manage, arrange, maintain, tracts of land the organization may be able to acquire, alone or in cooperation with others, in Somerset County. In carrying forward this purpose, the mission of the Somerset Woods Trustees is to protect lands which have significant natural or cultural resources and manage them in a sustainable way for public benefit. Where possible, the Trustees open those lands to the public under suitable regulations. The Somerset Woods Trustees is a 501(c)(3) organization and any donations are therefore tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The mission of the Somerset Woods Trustees is to protect lands in Somerset County, Maine, that have significant natural or cultural resources and manage them in a sustainable way for public benefit.
Click below for maps of properties we own, sorted by towns. In order to protect the privacy of our conservation easement owners we do not include maps of easements.
Community TV11's Now You Know with Chris Perkins explores the early conservation activity of Somerset Woods Trustees
Voices are "Clinton" Bill Townsend and Jack Gibson