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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. [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. [more]

Land for Maine's Future Supports MCHT Projects

For the first time since 2010, the award-winning Land for Maine's Future (LMF) program has granted voter-approved bond funds to land conservation projects around the state. On July 15, the nine-person board agreed to invest more than $9 million on 30 projects, including four proposals sponsored by MCHT. [more]

Conserving a Birding Mecca: Weskeag Marsh

Through the work of many partners, a wild expanse along one of midcoast Maine's largest tidal marshes will soon be permanently protected and accessible for public recreation. Maine Coast Heritage Trust holds a purchase option to acquire 220 undeveloped acres along the Weskeag River estuary between Thomaston and Rockland. [more]

Restoring Eelgrass Beds

This June, for the fifth year in a row, MCHT has worked with the Frenchman Bay Partners on an effort to restore eelgrass beds. This critical natural resource provides habitat, serves as a food source, and helps to stabilize the ocean floor. [more]

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