Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) is a nonprofit land conservation organization protecting and caring for vital lands on the coast of Maine. Through the generosity of donors, MCHT has made an extraordinary impact since its founding in 1970, working with partners to protect over 170,000 acres and 330 islands, including over 150 MCHT public preserves offering over 100 miles of hiking trails.
We’ve partnered with individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities to conserve iconic islands, critical wildlife habitat, coastal watersheds, water access sites, downtown greenspaces, and epic places for people to explore. Our priorities are mitigating the impacts of climate change on the coast, protecting vulnerable plants and animals, expanding access to the coast, and serving Maine’s coastal communities.
Our Mission Statement: Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities, and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners.
Who We Are
We’re happy to answer any questions you have about MCHT’s work or land conservation generally.
Find out what we do at MCHT and why this work matters to us.
This committed and generous group brings extraordinary passion and knowledge to MCHT’s work.
We’ve come a long way since 1970 and continue to grow and evolve.
If you love the Maine coast, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to Maine Coast Heritage Trust.