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Medomak Valley Land Trust
Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the permanent protection of local land for the benefit of the public and future generations. We work with landowners who voluntarily choose to protect their land through conservation easements, or by deeding land to the Land Trust. MVLT also purchases land to hold as preserves. MVLT provides careful stewardship to protected lands to ensure that conservation objectives are being met.

Board of Directors

Charlie Witherell, President

Ed Kahora , Vice-President
Carolyn Bryant, Secretary
Caren Clark,

Keith Bodine
Sally Butler
Jim Lott
Susan Kellam
Bill Michaud
Susan Morris
Brooke Pacy
George Seaver
Amy Winkle


Liz Petruska, Executive Director
Joan Ray,
Land Protection & Stewardship Specialist

New Directors, Officers for Medomak Valley Land Trust

The Medomak Valley Land Trust is pleased to announce new directors and officers for 2013.

MVLT’s new president, Charlie Witherell, joined the board in 2007 and served as treasurer since 2009.  The new vice-president, Ed Kahora, has volunteered for several years with the land trust’s field crew and joined the board in 2012.  Caren Clark (president from 2009 through 2012) moves to the treasurer’s position, and Carolyn Bryant, board member since 2005, continues as secretary.

MVLT also welcomed four new directors:

Keith Bodine of Union is co-owner, winemaker, and distiller for Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery. Sweetgrass Farm is situated on the banks of the upper Medomak River and features a trail created in partnership with MVLT. Keith, along with his wife and business partner Constance, is interested in  preserving open space and working farmland in the watershed.

Susan Kellam of Waldoboro followed her long-time dream of living on the water in Maine after a career in journalism and writing in New York and Washington, DC. She gave up her day job at the Brookings Institution to move here full time, and is now sole proprietor of Word Sharpener, an editing/writing consultancy. As an avid outdoors person, she hopes to combine her passion with her writing analytic skills to help develop a stronger public face for the growing land trust.

George Seaver of Waldoboro is vice president of Ocean Organics, which has been turning seaweed into fertilizer for golf courses, lawns and gardens for 30 years. He first became intrigued by seaweed after taking a job at Atlantic Labs, a Maine company that makes seaweed-based fertilizer for farmers. George has an excellent understanding of the local business community and an interest in protecting the environment.

Bill Michaud of Friendship moved to Maine with his wife Debbie in 1986 and opened The Outsiders' Inn Bed and Breakfast that same year. He is an associate broker at Farrin Properties in Damariscotta and hopes to lend some of his real estate experience to MVLT, which he feels represents the best opportunity to steward precious land in the region. Bill, cheered on by his wife, recently completed a nearly seven-month hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Not returning this year is Tim Kimpton of Waldoboro, a long-time board member who also served as vice-president.  The land trust and its members thank Tim for his contributions - from helping to draft policies, to leading ski outings, and much more – and for his many years of service to the land trust and conservation in the watershed.

25 Friendship St./P.O. Box 180Waldoboro, ME 04572Tel: 207.832.5570 Fax: 207.832.7471mvlt@midcoast.com This page was last updated on 9 June 2010, and has been visited 6529 times ( times this month).