BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Land Trust marked its 10th anniversary Thursday night with a dinner and multimedia display of its community projects.
Held in a historic Ohio Street barn, the land trust’s birthday bash drew more than 50 people and was catered by A Butcher & A Baker Catering Services of Brewer, Lucy Quimby, board president and founding member, said after the event.
The barn, which once served as the old Bangor Stage Coach rest stop, has been in Bangor resident Judi Perkins’ family for three generations, Quimby said.
Perkins, who is known locally for having served as an executive director of Keep Bangor Beautiful and for her involvement in the Bangor Garden Show, offered the use of the barn as a way of supporting the land trust and its work.
The event also served as a way to thank the trust’s more than three dozen corporate supporters, several of which were represented and recognized during an awards ceremony.
Former state Rep. Sherry Huber of Falmouth, a leader in state and national forestry and environmental circles, delivered a keynote address titled “Keeping Maine’s Forest: How to Make Sure the Forest Resource Endures.”
The Bangor Land Trust was established to provide a way for landowners, conservationists, businesspeople and other community members to work together to create a conservation vision for Bangor’s future. It owns more than 400 acres and maintains a trail system for hiking, biking, watching wildlife, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
“One of the things I think I’m proudest of is the way we have partnered with corporate sponsors and institutions in the community,” Quimby said, citing Hollywood Slots, the KahBang Festival and the American Folk Festival as some examples.
Through the partnerships, the trust has been able to spread the message that while in Bangor for entertainment and cultural activities, residents and visitors also can enjoy natural offerings.
Research has shown that access to preserved land increases home values because people enjoy outdoor recreation and want to be able to continue to do so, Quimby pointed out. There also are health benefits, because exercise is a way to combat such problems as childhood obesity.
For information about the Bangor Land Trust and its mission, holdings and activities, visit http://www.bangorlandtrust.org/.