OCT 36th Annual Meeting on Peaks Island

Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay 36th Annual Meeting on Peaks Island

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018  |  5:15-7:15  | Rain or Shine


Join Oceanside Conservation Trust’s (OCT) Annual Meeting and the Peaks Island Land Preserve (PILP), on the backside of Peaks as we view PILP’s new Ice Pond Dam under re-construction this summer. The Ice Pond conservancy property offers us serene summer scenes and delightful wintry skating parties and is contiguous to OCT’s shoreline holdings of Echo Pond, Skillings Wood & Daveis Sanctuary. Featuring a special presentation from Reta Morrill, 5th generation Peaks Islander, sharing memories of the pond from “the way it was.” Light refreshments will be served at the event.


To reserve your place, please CLICK HERE TO RSVP

View/Download: OCT 2018 Annual Meeting Invite Brochure


Guest Speaker:

Reta Morrill. Reta’s parents ran the Peaks Island Garage in the 1930s, where she still remembers the Old Town canoe tucked up in the beams. Growing up she watched her great uncle Henry Trefethen cutting, harvesting & storing ice from the Ice Pond for island hotels and cottages. Co-Author of A Glimpse Of Old Peaks Island, and Peaks Island Revisited, Reta and her friends, Ellin Gallant & Joyce O’Brien will join us to share their sharp memories of “the way it was”.


Join us at the Ice Pond on Peaks Island This property is one of the more scenic shoreland properties on Peaks. Come early, swim and picnic in the wind protected cove along OCT’s Daveis-Skillins property, right next to our Ice Pond annual meeting site. Bicycle rentals available at Brad’s Bike Shop Downfront.


From Portland: Attendees may take the 3:15 or 4:30 Casco Bay Lines Ferry from Portland and return on the 7:45 Ferry. Van transportation provided on island.

From the other Casco Bay Islands: Roger Berle will be traveling around the Bay to pick people up. Please indicate when you RSVP if you need a ride to reserve your spot. Or call him at 712-5565 or email: rkberle@msn.com to reserve a spot on his boat. Space is limited.

If you have any special needs, please let us know in advance so we can accommodate as many people as possible.


Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the island. Tick protection is advised. This event is rain or shine, so check the forecast; you may want rain gear.


Free to members. You may pay the $20 membership fee to renew your membership or to join Oceanside Conservation Trust.

Spring Oceanside Property Monitoring – Won’t you join us?

Spring Property Monitoring Visits
Oceanside Conservation Trust is preparing for our annual monitoring visits to the properties which we protect, and we would like to have you come with us if you wish. The board members and stewards will be walking each property as we do every year. Whether it is a property on which we hold a conservation easement or one which we own in fee, we check the boundaries and document and photograph any changes. We of course pay particular attention to issues which are controlled by the easements.

Because these are special properties, especially to folks on each of the islands, it is also a pleasure to participate in these visits. The board members and stewards would be happy to share the experience so you can see how we do our work.

Day 1 – Peaks Island
The Peaks Island trip is planned for Friday, May 18th. We will be taking the 7:45 a.m.
Casco Bay Lines Ferry, and will be starting at Davies Sanctuary at the Hal Hackett Monument.

*If you are interested in joining us on Peaks Island, please contact:
Jeanne Gulnick- Email: jgulnick@sjcme.edu / Phone: 207.712-0572

Day 2 – Little Diamond Island, College Island and Long Island
The trip to Little Diamond Island and Long Island is planned for Thursday, May 24th. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Handy Boat, 215 Foreside Road in Falmouth, and travel by Roger Berle’s boat Christian Alf. We should be on Little Diamond, where we will start at Memorial Woods, between 9:15-11:30 a.m., cruise around College Island, and be on Long Island between 12:00-2:30 p.m. (best estimate ahead of time).

*If you are interested in joining us on Little Diamond Island, please contact:
Bill Stauffer– Email: bstauffer@eco-story.com/ Phone: 207.650.1993
*If you are interested in joining us on Long Island, please contact:
John Lortie – Email: jpl101959@gmail.com / Phone: 207.808.3934 (cell)

Day 3 – Cliff Island
The trip to Cliff Island is planned for Friday, May 25th.  We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Handy Boat, 215 Foreside Road in Falmouth, and travel by Roger Berle’s boat Christian Alf.  We should be on Cliff Island from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will start first at Grittins Cove/Brackett (following circumnavigating Cliff by boat).

*If you are interested in joining us on Cliff Island, please contact:
Steve LittleEmail: psu301co@gmail.com / Phone: 207.766-2130 – 207.232-3219 or
Roger BerleEmail: rkberle@msn.com / Phone: 207.712-5565 (cell)

On behalf of Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay we hope you will join us.