Unanimous support for Canco Woods from Portland’s City Council

Trees_Canco WoodsWe are thrilled to announce the UNANIMOUS support of City Council in approving the Land Bank Commissions’ allocation of $75k towards preserving Canco Woods!

More than 30 neighbors and supporters from throughout Portland packed City Council chambers to voice their support for preserving the Woods. From the youngest to the more senior members of the neighborhood, people got up and spoke passionately about what the Woods mean to them, the neighborhood and the entire City!

City Councilors said our efforts have been completely inspiring – and that in their careers it’s unprecedented to see a neighborhood take the reins and make something like this happen! Councilor Jill Duson said, rather than “Not in My Backyard” instead we’ve expanded the City’s “backyard”! And Councilor Nick Mavodones said it’s just the type of initiative they like to see – he just can’t say enough about our effort. And Cheryl Leeman, who’s been instrumental in assisting with this process, said not only have we done a great thing in working hard to preserve our piece of land, but we’ve raised public awareness about the importance of preserving public spaces. BRAVO to all!


Now on to the final fundraising – look for more information soon!

Woods at Canco residence hosts 11/4 event to save the woods

Woods "fairy"

Woods “fairy”

The Woods at Canco, an independent senior living facility located on Canco Road in Portland, is hosting an event in support of the surrounding neighborhood’s efforts to preserve the 13-acre wooded property known as Canco Woods.

PLACE: The Woods at Canco, 257 Canco Road, Portland, Maine

TIME:  Sunday, November 4,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  - Without a Trace, a Scarborough, Maine mobile document shredding company, will be on site to shred any sensitive documents for free for members of the public! Refreshments provided by local establishments will also be served.

Plus, tours of the woods every hour.

1 p.m. – Classically trained soprano, Danielle Vayenas, and pianist Kathleen Scott will perform a selection of opera arias and musical theater songs about romance and nature.

1:30 p.m. – Members of the Friends of Canco Woods and the Trust for Public Land will present information and answer questions about their efforts to preserve the 13-acre Canco Woods urban wild space.

Happy Halloween from Friends of Canco Woods

Save the Woods pumpkins 2012

Back Cove Neighborhood Association supports Canco Woods project

Autumn leaves in Canco WoodsFriends of Canco Woods thanks the Back Cove Neighborhood Association for their support and donation towards the preservation of the Woods.

We encourage people in the surrounding area to join the BCNA as the official neighborhood organization representing the residents and businesses of the Back Cove area in Portland, Maine (from Forest Avenue across to Washington Avenue, and Canco Road down to the Cove.)


Portland City Land Bank Voices Support for Canco Woods

Fall in Canco Woods

Fall in Canco Woods

The Friends of Canco Woods in partnership with the Trust for Public Land have reached a management agreement with the City of Portland. Once the fundraising campaign is completed and the land is acquired, the proposed structure would be for the City of Portland to own the property with a protective easement to be held by Portland Trails.

The City of Portland’s Land Bank has agreed to allocate funding they set aside for projects such as this, in support of the preservation of the land. On November 5, Portland City Council is scheduled to vote on accepting ownership of Canco Woods as a new urban natural area and the Land Bank contributing up to $75,000 to the purchase of the property.

We encourage supporters to attend the City Council meeting on November 5 to voice your support for the Land Bank’s proposal.

We also thank District 4 City Councilor Cheryl Leeman for her support. “The Land Bank Commission has been interested in preserving Canco Woods for years, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to work with such an active group of neighbors, the Trust for Public Land, and Portland Trails to make this happen. It’s the perfect example of how public and private entities can work together,” she said.



FoCW joins in partnership with Portland Trails!

Canco Woods trail

Friends of Canco Woods has joined in partnership with Portland Trails! Once we complete the fundraising and the property is purchased, Portland Trails will hold the easement and be the official steward of the woods, working with the Friends of Canco Woods, creating and maintaining trails and protecting the natural wild space as it exists today! This partnership is instrumental in linking Canco Woods to the city’s larger network of trails – we’re thrilled to partner with them!