Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the community to Beech Hill Preserve on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate 25 successful years of land conservation. From 6 to 8 p.m. the land trust membership will elect new board members at this official annual meeting.

Folk musician and songwriter Putnam Smith will kick off the event with his rootsy multi-instrumental music from the album “We Could Be Beekeepers.” Beech Hill is just one stop on his local and national tour. His songs, which topped the national folk charts, fit perfectly into the idyllic setting at the preserve.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to Beech Nut, the historic stone hut at the summit of the preserve. Light picnic refreshments will be provided, including lemonade, watermelon, chips, and cookies. While the musicians take a break, land trust board and staff will host five concurrent informal roundtables where guests can learn more about the land trust.

Starting at 6 p.m., the land trust will invite current members to join the annual membership meeting where they will elect new board members and present special awards. To become a member, visit the land trust website at

This event is the last in a series that celebrates the land trust’s 25th anniversary year. Since 1986 it has been permanently conserving land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. The land trust has protected almost 9,000 acres. For more information about the land trust and its events, please visit or call 236-7091.