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Marathon Paddle Circumnavigates MDI

In late August, MCHT Project Manager Bob DeForrest and three friends completed a 46-mile paddle around Mount Desert Island. Read more.

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Maine Land Trust Network


Learn about the Maine Land Trust Network, a program of MCHT that builds and sustains the quality and effectiveness of land conservation organizations statewide, or find your local land trust.

Help Protect Maine’s Coast

  • Help Protect High Island

    MCHT has an opportunity to protect this scenic island centrally located between Long Cove and Tenants Harbor in Saint George.
  • Initiative for The Goslings

    Maine Coast Heritage Trust is working to raise $925,000 by September 2014 to purchase and conserve the Goslings Islands in Harpswell.

  • Clapboard Island Campaign

    Maine Coast Heritage Trust has purchased 15 acres on the northeast corner of Clapboard Island, but we still need to raise $100,000 to pay for ongoing stewardship.


Continuing to Preserve Long Point

Since acquiring the Long Point property in Machiasport, MCHT has been conducting a rigorous planning process to balance future visitor use and enjoyment of the preserve with protecting its natural and cultural values. MCHT has been gathering information and communicating with members of the community, including the Passamaquoddy Tribe and neighboring landowners who have shown an interest in conserving their properties. [read more]

Visiting Clapboard Island Preserve

If you visit the Clapboard East Preserve, please bear in mind that the island's southern end is privately owned and has no public access. All docks and moorings are private, so boaters should be prepared to anchor and row ashore, or beach their boats on one of the landings on the island's northern end. Kayaks and other small craft can come ashore on any of the northern beaches, which connect to the trail system. [read more]

Land Conservation in Maine Ruled Tax Exempt

A ruling has been made in the dispute between the Town of Limington and the Francis Small Heritage Trust (FSHT) regarding the eligibility of the Trust's public preserve land for property tax exemption. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that land conservation is a charitable and benevolent activity in Maine, and thus land trusts that use their preserves solely for their charitable purposes are eligible for tax exemption under the Property Tax Exemption statute (36 MRS Section 652 et seq.). This is a resounding victory for land conservation organizations in Maine. [read more]

Read the Summer 2014 Maine Heritage Newsletter

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