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All About SWT

Our Trustees

Our board of 12 volunteer directors governs the SWT. Somerset Woods Trustees is a 501(c)(3) organization and any donations are therefore tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



Our Advisory Board

Thanks to our Advisory Board for their many contributions! 


Tom Hendricks
Patty Van Horne
Joe Dembeck
Greg Drummond
Sam Horine
Alan Haberstock
Eliza Townsend

Our Executive Director, Interns, and Other Vital Volunteers!

Nancy Williams, Ex.D. (part-time)

Somersetwoodstrustees@gmail.com

Nancy was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia and is a graduate chemical engineer. She changed careers in mid-life and focused on historic architecture and conservation. She has run land trusts in Massachusetts and New York and a preservation trust in Vermont. She is the co-founder of Waterville Community Land Trust. She and her husband live in Waterville, Norway, and own a camp on Embden Pond. 

Our History, In Brief

Louise H. Coburn

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.

Newsletters

Copies of our newsletters can be found here.

Maps of Our Properties

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.