Volunteer Profiles

Volunteer Gerry Desilets

We met Gerry Desilets when he showed up for a vernal pool hike in Tatnic Woods in the spring of 2006, recently retired and eager to help. In the two years since he has become a volunteer extraordinaire, always ready to pitch in when needed – whether it is trail work or the spring auction or newsletter mailings – and a stalwart of our outdoor volunteer cadre. Stewardship Coordinator Darrell DeTour has given him the title of Volunteer Steward for the Orris Falls Conservation Area, as he checks up on things there a couple of times a week, it being only a short walk through the woods from his home in South Berwick. This past winter saw him wading through deep snow to mark the boundaries of two recently acquired parcels there. 



Liberty Mutual Volunteers

Thank you to our friends at Liberty Mutual who joined us for the week of May 4th-8th and participated in the "Serve with Liberty" program. Thirty-five volunteers of four teams, helped at three different Great Works locations in Berwcik, Ogunquit and North Berwick. Volunteers cleaned up trash on properties, re-created an existing trail, battled invasive plants, painted and cleaned office space. Thank you to the Liberty Mutual workers who made this day possible!


Volunteers Bill and Carol Bryan

Bill and Carolyn Bryan are residents of Falmouth, Massachusetts, but since their retirement have spent nearly half the year in North Berwick at Carolyn’s family homestead. They have spent many hours donating time and talent to the Trust. Carolyn developed the property database and organizes data in the files. Bill works on property titles, maps, boundary issues and geological histories of Land Trust parcels. Both 75, the Bryans have been renovating the barn and old blacksmith shop on the property and enjoy hiking, skiing and cruising the Maine coast in their 27-foot powerboat.The two are indefatigable!

Read more about the Bryans and their 2007 conservation of a large parcel of land in Beaver Dam Heath in Berwick.


Volunteers Nancy and Joe Geneseo

Nancy & Joe Geneseo give a lot of hours to GWRLT. They work on bulk mailings, help to organize and solicit items and advertising for both of our auctions, and have always given a hand during land trust events. Nancy and Joe even helped us move into our offices last year! Joe has taken  the lion’s share of the work of mowing the yards at Beach Plum Farm each year from spring through the fall.



Volunteers George and Marion Muller

George Muller and Marion Glomp-Muller have been active volunteers, putting in countless hours updating the files and stewardship records at the office. They both work on our bulk mailings and have run the booths at community events and fairs. George has helped paint the barns at Beach Plum Farm, done several of our conservation easement monitoring walks, and volunteered for trail work days. He is an active member of the Stewardship Committee. They both served and worked on the lobster bake that was auctioned off at the 2005 spring auction. In addition to the volunteer work for GWRLT, Marion also volunteers at the Senior Center in South Berwick and George has been an active volunteer for the Old Berwick Historical Society. George and Marion are true outdoors people, with hiking, gardening and camping at the top of their lists for leisure activities.



Volunteers Ray & Theresa Wilkinson

Meet Ray and Theresa Wilkinson of South Berwick. Married for 48 years, they’ve been members of, and volunteers for, Great Works Regional Land Trust for more than two years. They help out in a variety of ways, including trail marking and cleanup, and boundary marking, and together they sit on the Great Works Stewardship Committee.  

Though his sign-making techniques have been varied over the years, Ray uses a router and a template to create handsome, long-lasting wood signs for Great Works. Before carving out the letters with the router, he first covers the wood surface with an adhesive pattern material, and then lays out the lettering using the template. Finally, he paints the routed letters with white enamel paint, peeling off the pattern material afterward, leaving the painted letters with neat, precise edges.



Thank You to 2015 Winter & Spring Volunteers

Thank you to the volunteers who have contributed time and talent to Great Works this past winter and spring!