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Speaking Up For Us is hosting a Land Trust Day and barbecue

Community Author: Avery Olmstead
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Avery Olmstead | BDN
Avery Olmstead | BDN

CUSHING — Speaking Up for Us (, a statewide self-advocacy organization for people living with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities, will be hosting a, “Land Trust Day & Barbeque” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at  Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing, rain or shine. All adults living with I/DD are invited to attend with their support staff.

The purpose of this event is to show people of all ages and abilities what volunteer opportunities are available at their local land trusts and to get hands-on experience in various aspects of land trust volunteerism and stewardship.  There will be presentations by current SUFU members who are volunteers at their local land trust, and sessions facilitated by volunteers from Georges River Land Trust.

Annette Naegel, Director of Conservation at Georges River Land Trust which includes the Langlais Sculpture Preserve explains, “At a land trust, there are many ways for people to get involved and feel a connection to nature and the Earth.  Land trusts are also a great way to get to know people because most of the time, you’re working in groups on projects, all towards the same goal. I’m really excited for June 13.”

Monique Stairs, SUFU Program Director and Land Trust Day organizer is excited for the potential that this event can bring, “People will get to learn learn about an opportunity available to them in their communities that they may not have considered before.”

Laurie Bernier, SUFU Chapter Advisor and Land Trust Day organizer, agrees, “SUFU members and others are going to be able to participate in a lot of fun activities that will show all kinds of ways that people can volunteer at a land trust and make a difference in their community.  I’m hoping that people become excited about land trusts and want to volunteer after the day is over.”

Registration is required to attend the event.  There is a $10 registration fee for non-SUFU members but with registration, you get a year-long SUFU membership.

To register for the event, please click here : or for more information contact Monique Stars at (207) 956-1004 / Ext. 1 or

This program is part of a larger pilot program with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and with the support of the Land Trust Alliance and the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council.