Erickson Fields Preserve offers something you’re less and less likely to find in midcoast Maine: a broad swath of undeveloped land.
It takes a lot for Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) to take care of its conserved land—and that’s not all stewards do.
Maine’s Schoodic Peninsula is one of only two places on the East Coast (the other is also in Maine) where inland forest stretches to the coast in a contiguous, unbroken line.
Around a bend on Mount Desert Island’s Tremont Road, the view opens up suddenly and spectacularly to reveal MCHT’s Kelley Farm Preserve, ten acres of protected meadowland on Cousins Creek overlooking the mountains of Acadia National Park.
For the past 18 years, Maine Coast Heritage Trust steward Melissa Lee and students at Lesley University’s Ecological Teaching and Learning Program have converged at one of Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Preserves along the bold coast in Washington County to spend a summer day doing trail work together.
National Audubon has donated a 280-acre conservation easement on their Hog Island Sanctuary in Bremen to MCHT. This iconic Midcoast Maine island has been a hub for birders and naturalists for nearly a century.
A growing number of college students are attending MCHT’s Maine Land Conservation Conference. This year was no exception, with 15 young aspiring land conservationists attending from six colleges and universities.
Abundant runs of river herring (blueback herring and alewives) once turned Washington County’s Orange River into “a miracle of water and life.”
MCHT has been reaccredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a national board that recognizes conservation organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement.