News Archive

Welcome to KLT's New Office!

September 2012

We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time KLT has a real office. Located in the East Wing of The Kittery Community Commons, we now have a work space for our Executive Director and a central place to hold meetings and keep KLT material. But more important, our new office allows us to increase our connection to the community as we aim to build more awareness about what we do and why we do it. We especially love the opportunity to do this in this recently opened center, which celebrates something that’s core to our values as an organization: building community. I couldn’t dream of a better, more vibrant place for KLT to open an office, says Christine Bennett, KLT’s Executive Director.

And we look forward to being more available to you. Drop by and say hello to Christine. Check out our resources, share your views, ask questions, and let us know how you’d like to get involved.

Monday - Friday, 10 am – 3 pm (or by appointment)
Room A105, the East Wing of The Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Commons.

Volunteers Getting It Done: Phragmites Project

Summer 2013

by Gary Mitchell

Year two of the phragmites mitigation project at the salt marsh on the Thompson property was a huge success. Volunteers helped tie the remaining stands of phragmites into bundles, so once cut, Joe Anderson, who is licensced by the state, could apply an herbicide to them. The cut phragmites stems suck the herbicide down into its rhizomes and are then killed. We managed to fully treat two of the three sites at the saltmarsh, and we are waiting for some dry weather to treat the third. Because the process went so quickly, we were even able to cut and treat a stand of phragmites located at the base of the peninsular at Seapoint Beach.

The plan for next year is to treat any stems that managed to survive these attacks in the spring and then again in the fall.  The hope is that in the year 2014 the salt marsh will be 99.9% phragmites free. Careful monitoring will be the key to keep the area free of phragmites.  The time needed to treat and eliminate a new colony is measured in minutes compared to hours or days for a well established one. If on your walks of Kittery Land Trust property you encounter a stand of phragmites, please report it to me or any member of the steward committee so that we can eliminate it before it becomes established.

Without the support and help of many volunteers, a project of this magnitude just would not be possible. I would like to thank Alex Dearborn, Tony Barrington, Jeremy Batchelder , Steve Hall and Don Stein for all their hard work on this project. I would also like to thank Will Brewster, Pat DeGrandpre, Erin Heffron, Lindsay Gee, Greg Ulrich and Martha Petersen for their willingness to help.  Because the fast and efficient work of previous crews of volunteers, their time was not needed.

Kittery Land Trust Volunteers Clear Historic Mill Pond on Spruce Creek

November 7, 2011

Led by Kittery Land Trust (KLT) steward Gary Mitchell, volunteers tied, cut, and bundled almost an acre of stands of invasive phragmites plants on Spruce Creek during the month of September 2011. Joe Anderson, a state-licensed herbicide applicator with the York County Soil and Water Conservation District, was contracted to treat the cut stems with an environmentally safe toxin that will be drawn down to the extensive root systems before the plant goes dormant for the winter. Phragmites is a bamboo-like perennial grass which grows to a height of 11 feet in just one year. The root systems spread easily in shoreline areas, crowding out native species and interfering with natural drainage systems. It takes a team of volunteers! Pat DeGrandpre, Pauli Rines, Tom Rines, Alex Dearborn, Steve Hall, Sondra Newman, Jenny Freeman, Martha Petersen, Erin Heffron, Lindsay Gee, Tim Case, Joan Beskenis, Rich Noonan, Zoe Noonan and leader Gary Mitchell tied the standing phragmites into over 4,000 bundles, using nearly 14,000 feet of natural twine. These were then cut at waist height so the herbicide could be more easily applied. The mill pond is part of KLT's Thompson Preserve, located on the western shore of Spruce Creek. It was once the site of a tidal mill, and has the remains of a mill dam. A beautiful, calm cove and salt marsh, it is protected from development by the KLT, and is home to much wildlife. Anyone wishing to volunteer for the next project is encouraged to write KLT at: A second assault in 2012 will be needed to eradicate the stubborn shoots.

Photos by Gary Mitchell


Christine Bennett Magruder and
Ken Fellows receive a big check
for KLT at The Fabulous Find

Thank You! To the staff of The Fabulous Find thrift store, and to KLT volunteers, members and friends, for making the October fundraising opportunity at The Fabulous Find a huge sucess. On November 3, KLT President Ken Fellows and Executive Director Christine Bennett Magruder were presented with a check from The Fabulous Find for $12,500! This record-breaking success was attributed to the high level and quality of the items donated and purchased during October. Please join us in extending a heartfelt thank you to The Fabulous Find for its ongoing good work in supporting a wide variety of non-profits in our community.

The Fabulous Find is located at 122 State Road in Kittery. Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm.