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Brave Boat Headwaters Project

Photo by Andrew Pearson

Big Step Forward for Brave Boat Headwaters

At the beginning of February, KLT closed on 43 acres of woodland and farm fields off Bartlett Road. The Sawyer and Coggeshall families donated the land, which has been owned by the family since the 1920's.
William Sawyer, who just turned 82, reminisced about the land he grew up on while signing the legal papers for the agreement. “The day I was born in 1933, my mother and father traveled to York Hospital from the farm in a horse drawn pung, which is a winter sleigh.” 
The permanent protection of the land represents a major addition to the overall effort to protect Brave Boat Headwaters, a 150-acre block of valuable woodlands and wetlands between Bartlett Road and Route 103.  

Habitat and Water Quality Improvement    at Rustlewood Farm

Shrubland is currently being developed at KLT's recently conserved, 300-acre Rustlewood Farm. The goal of this work is to help protect the water quality of Spruce Creek and Curtts Ridge Brook and create safe habitat for wildlife like the threatened New England cottontail.

Read the article in The Portsmouth Herald.

Learn more about scrubland habitat.  







Otter Art Contest

Calling all K - 8th graders! Help create a mascot for Brave Boat Headwaters, a new 150-acre nature preserve being established in Kittery.

Winning otter pictures will be used on signs for the preserve, on Kittery Land Trust’s website, in KLT brochures and other material supporting the protection of Brave Boat Headwaters.

Winners will receive a stuffed otter and a $20 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. A selection of otter art will be displayed in the Morgan Gallery of The Kittery Community Center in June.

Extended Deadline: May 22nd at 5pm

Winners announced: at The Kittery Block Party, June 20th at noon.

Download full contest details.

Vernal Pool Exploration

It was another great outing at Brave Boat Headwaters to see how spring had sprung in the ephemeral vernal pools on the land that protects them. Sue Bickford of The Wells Reserve led a group of boot-clad explorers armed with small, green nets as they hunted for salamanders under moist rocks and masses of wood frog eggs found attached to sticks floating near the surface of the pools. Families learned to distinguish the "duck-like chuckle" of the wood frog from the persistent peepers. And kids got to hold the gelatinous mass of wood frog eggs. It was an exciting learning experience for everyone and great way to welcome spring!











 Brave Boat Headwaters: Connecting Kittery to the Beauty in Our Backyard 

Be sure to check out "Brave Boat Harbor: Beauty in our Backyard," KLT's show at the Morgan Gallery in the Kittery Community Center.

The show features photographs and paintings by local artists of Brave Boat Harbor and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. It will also offer a visual introduction to Brave Boat Headwaters, the 150 acre nature preserve that Kittery Trust Land is establishing and working to permanently protect between Brave Boat Harbor and Bartlett Roads. As a public preserve, Brave Boat Headwaters will be a community connector in a number of valuable ways: safeguarding clean water, protecting habitat for plants and animals, preserving our history, and providing a place for outdoor recreation and nature-based education.


Upcoming Events
Jun 02, 2015 9:00 AM
Clearing Invasives at Seapoint: Volunteers Needed!

Jun 06, 2015 9:00 AM
Walk at Fairchild

Jun 27, 2015
Bees and Pollinators - A Workshop on Star Island

Aug 07, 2015 3:30 PM
Kayak Paddle in Brave Boat Harbor


Enjoy this beautiful bird blog from local photographer Phillip Augusta.