Community Conservation Film Screening

Join KELT at the movies!

KELT is pleased to partner with the Beth Israel Congregation to screen the documentary, Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture.

When: August 22 at 6:45pm
Where: Maine Maritime Museum’s Long Reach Hall

Community Conservation is a new documentary created by MI Media. This documentary, shot throughout four seasons, profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine, demonstrating their efforts toward conservation for all members of their community.

At its deepest level, community conservation addresses the traditions and needs of all community members, providing access to preserved lands and creating projects that build constituencies across diverse communities.  The four land trusts filmed provide great examples of community conservation:  Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) works with gardeners, both local and from away (Africa!)  BTLT projects also range from supporting shellfish harvesters to working with the faith community.  At Downeast Lakes Land Trust, community members served include school children, local crafts people, hunters and fishermen.  The Androscoggin Land Trust partners with various organizations to create access and programs for the growing immigrant community.  The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust runs an Eco Camp which utilizes tourist dollars to help fund the cost for struggling local families and the trust also runs a local campground.

The beauty of Maine — from coast to mountains, farmland to deep forests — is richly captured in this documentary.  Hikers, kayakers, immigrant farmers, kids, fishing guides, balsam tree-tippers, canoe-builders and more, tell the stories of local communities finding balance in nature.

Following the film (60 minutes), the film maker and local conservation leaders will be on hand for a Q&A session.

$5 suggested donation at the door. No tickets required. or 207-443-4606


Beth Israel is an inclusive congregation offering a variety of programs and services. It is located in an historical building, built as a synagogue in 1922, at 862 Washington Street in Bath, Maine and is newly affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism. For more information and history visit