Join us in celebrating our preservation of Canco Woods!

FriendsofCancoWoods27Join us in a celebration this Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m., at the end of Torrey Street near Canco Woods!

We invite all who put their time and effort into preserving Canco Woods to come celebrate with us – there will be refreshments and entertainment!

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day Canco Woods_2012

Earth Day Canco Woods_2012

We will be officially commemorating Earth Day next Saturday (April 27) at 10:00 a.m.  Bring your gloves, trash bags and rakes and we’ll be cleaning up the Canco Woods!

After the snow melts, it leaves behind all the debris built up over the season so it’s time for a good spring cleaning! And just a reminder – the Woods need to be kept free of yard refuse too, so please don’t dump your grass, leaves and branches and of course any other trash!



One year ago, Canco Woods were for sale

For Sale Sign _ Feb 2012

For Sale Sign _ Feb 2012

Hard to believe, but it was just one year ago that I was driving home from work on Canco Road, and was shocked to see the For Sale sign in the woods! My sister, Kaia and I immediately contacted our closest neighbors, and anyone we could think of – the City, the Land Bank, Portland Trails, and the Back Cove Association. And from there, it all began!

So many people, hundreds really, ultimately became involved with the effort to save the Woods, that we can’t thank them all here, but I’d like to mention a few of the founding members who immediately jumped in without hesitation. Todd and Erin, who were the first to join in, and plastered the area with flyers alerting the neighborhood, Tobin, and Ben and Victoria for taking a leadership role in fundraising, and eventually contacting the Trust for Public Land (without whom we could not have done this), and Jacki for her expert advice around City and conservation issues. Of course, many more people joined in, helping to organize events, fundraising, including going door to door, creating a video, allowing themselves to be interviewed by the media, and so much more.

As we all enjoy walking through the Woods (or skiing and snowshoeing right now!) please take a moment to remember the tremendous efforts of all who helped preserve this precious land!


- Danielle, Friends of Canco Woods

The Woods are saved — Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays Friends of Canco WoodsIt is with great pride that we announce that the Canco Woods property has closed and all documents have been recorded at the registry – the land is preserved!  As announced in a press release on Friday, The Trust for Public Land bought the property from the Iberdrola USA Foundation (parent company of Central ME Power) and conveyed the property to the City of Portland subject to a conservation easement to be held by Portland Trails.

We have raised the amount necessary to close on the property by the deadline, however, we still do have to complete the fundraising, as a portion of the money we’re raising is to be used for stewardship of the land. Portland Trails is the Woods’ easement holder and the money will be placed in trust for them to use to take care of the Woods. So please help us to finish the campaign and raise the final $10,000.

And finally, eternal thanks to everyone who donated, and put countless hours of time into preserving these woods! From all the friends and neighbors who gave anywhere from $10 to thousands, to the Trust for Public Land (without whom we couldn’t have done this), to the City of Portland’s Land Bank and City Council, especially Cheryl Leeman, to the folks at Central Maine Power/Iberdrola whose final gift made this possible, and to Portland Trails who will steward the land in the future – we all owe them our thanks!

As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

And if you would like to keep abreast of what’s going on with the Woods, you can “like” us on Facebook or follow us here.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we hope to see you out enjoying the Woods!


- Friends of Canco Woods

Woods featured on WCSH6 evening news!

Neighborhood girls interviewed for Ch. 6 evening news

Representatives from Friends of Canco Woods and Trust for Public Land, as well as several neighbors appeared on the WCSH6 nightly news in a story by reporter Melissa Kenison about the final weeks of fundraising for the Woods.

Thanks to Melissa, Gregg Caporossi from the Trust for Public Land and Tobin Scipione representing Friends of Canco Woods for their interviews, as well as Ben, Elwen, Ella and the other neighbors who also appeared in the segment!

If you can, please donate – we only have 3+ weeks to raise the final $100,000!!  And spread the word. We can make this happen with your help!

Donate online to Save the Woods!

Save Canco WoodsWe are pleased to announce online donating — through our Save the Woods campaign!

We’re in the home stretch now for fundraising — with two grants pending, if we get them, we’ll only have $35,000 left to raise by December 7!  But that deadline’s approaching, so please donate now!

And share this site with your friends on your Facebook page, Tweet it, email it, Pin it, etc!


Similar to a regular donation, your money goes to the Trust for Public Land, specifically to the Canco Woods campaign. And you will get a tax deduction receipt.