The Georges River Land Trust is pleased to announce the addition of Bruce Hammatt to the Board of Directors. Bruce came by his appreciation of nature at a young age. His mother was an avid birder, and she got him involved in the Saturday morning bird watching outings sponsored by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Hammatt was further hooked when he won a Peterson Field Guide for building a birdhouse as a Cub Scout.

Hammatt’s interests grew into a passion for water activities, especially sailing, which were fostered by growing up near the shore on Cape Cod. At the time the bay was largely undeveloped and had a beautiful serene atmosphere most noticeable after the crowds of summer had departed. Hammatt worked summers for The Cape Codder, the pro-environment local newspaper, which came out in favor of establishing the Cape Cod National Seashore in the 1960s. The newspaper owner was also involved in the local conservation trust. These experiences led Hammatt to realize that he wanted to get involved with local conservation.

Hammatt served on the Board of Trustees of the Orleans Conservation Trust for 20 years where he learned about the various tools to conserve land. “It took the town some time to recognize the charitable benefits of easement and land donations,” said Hammatt in a press release, “but as more land was developed, the locals began to truly appreciate conservation of the remaining open space.”

Hammatt also served on the Board of the Friends of Pleasant Bay, a grassroots environmental group. During his tenure, they succeeded in getting Pleasant Bay designated an Area of Critical Environmental Concern, and worked with four neighboring towns and various stakeholders to create a joint management plan for the bay and its watershed.

After retiring from a career with the Cape Cod Five Cent Savings Bank, the Hammatt’s moved to the shore of the St. George River in Tenants Harbor. Hammatt immediately looked to connect with people who are passionate about and dedicated to conserving natural resources, and maintaining the quality of the water and waterfront. His experience in the financial industry and philanthropy – his bank had a foundation and he was on the Board of the Kelley Foundation – will be a significant asset to the Georges River Land Trust.

“Seeing the development changes on Cape Cod makes me more and more aware of how quickly open space can be lost,” said Hammatt. “It could easily happen here if we aren’t working to conserve the beautiful landscapes and protect the traditional lifestyles of this area of midcoast Maine.”

Georges River Land Trust is delighted to welcome Bruce as one of over 200 volunteers who dedicate themselves to advancing the conservation and stewardship mission of the land trust. For more information about volunteering with GRLT, please contact Linda Arnold at 594-5166, info@grlt.org  or visit www.grlt.org.