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May 10, 2004

2004 Land Heritage Award Presented to Quoddy Regional Land Trust

Topsham: Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) has named the Quoddy Regional Land Trust (QRLT) as recipient of the 2004 Land Heritage Award. Each year MCHT presents the award to an individual, organization, or coalition for exemplary conservation efforts in Maine.

"Thanks to the tireless effort and far reaching vision of Nancy Nielsen, Alan Brooks, and others who have worked on behalf of QRLT, more than 2500 acres of the most wild and most ecologically significant lands in Maine have been protected," says Jay Espy, President of MCHT. Founded in 1987, the Quoddy Regional Land Trust focuses its conservation efforts in eastern Washington County. QRLT has a long history of teaming with diverse partners to accomplish their objectives. In the 1990's they worked with the Maine Wetlands Protection Coalition to protect several major public access points and critical wildlife habitat on Cobscook Bay. Then, in 2003, they spearheaded an ambitious and on-going partnership project to protect 7 miles of shorefront on two coastal coves near a unique and spectacular reversing falls-and were successful in attracting a significant federal Coastal Wetlands Grant to fund the project.

In presenting the award, Espy highlighted several factors that contributed to the QRLT's success. They include extensive landowner education efforts, effective fundraising, and strong community building efforts. In thanking MCHT for the award, Alan Brooks, QRLT's Executive Director, said, "Land trusts are started and run by practical optimists. Our optimism shapes our vision and our practicality gets things done. By working together, we can accomplish much for our communities and the places we cherish." QRLT's President, Randall Kindleberger, Trustee Robert Miller, Administrative Assistant/Stewardship Coordinator Alana Preston, and attorney and founding board member Frederick B. Stocking also attended the award ceremony.

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust is a statewide conservation organization dedicated to protecting land that is essential to the character of Maine, its coastline and islands in particular. Since 1970, more than 115,000 acres and 245 entire coastal islands have been permanently protected. For more information, contact Rich Knox, Director of Communications and Public Policy 207-729-7366, or visit www.mcht.org.

The Quoddy Regional Land Trust is a community-based conservation organization that, since 1987, has worked to protect eastern Washington County's most significant places, including important wildlife habitat and land for recreation and traditional natural-resource based activities. Today, QRLT protects more than 2,500 acres and 17 miles of shorefront through land ownership and conservation easements. For more information, telephone 207-733-5509 or visit www.qrlt.org.

Contact: Rich Knox, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (207) 729-7366