John Rensenbrink, president of the Cathance River Education Alliance, attributes the agreement to learning on both sides about environmentalism and land development.He
also belongs to Topsham's Future
"I think it has a lot to do with getting beyond stereotypes," he
With that understanding, Rensenbrink
said, land was both developed and preserved."That's a model for the whole state and the whole country," he
A group of about 60 people celebrated the opening of the "Heath Loop" hiking trail in the easement Oct. 9.A heath is a large marsh, Rensenbrink
The loop will become one of a number of trails that will be created in the area.
Along the trails, the land will allow students to have an outdoor laboratory.The area is within walking distance of Mt. Ararat middle and high schools.
...Wasileski and Rensenbrink of Topsham's Future founded the alliance, which helps teach about the Cathance watershed.
...Rensenbrink, a former Bowdoin College political science professor, also helped to form the Maine Green Party in 1984.
The easement includes a 1,000-foot, 186-acre buffer area between the development and the river.Aside from a stray golf ball dropping in from the course, the two properties will remain separate.
So far, four golf holes have been completed.Wasileski plans to build 50 houses a year to reach his
goal of 200 homes.
said following the standards will create the least harmful environmental impact from runoff from the golf course.