Addressing the Threat of Increased Development

Saving the Places—and Experiences—that Make Maine, Maine

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is addressing threats to the Maine coast through the largest coastal conservation Campaign in Maine’s history.

The planet is getting hotter—and fast.

A 2018 article put out by Climate Central reveals that 2017 is the third warmest year on record. The 20 warmest years on record have all come since 1995. 

In Maine, the day-to-day experience isn’t so bad. In places like Southern California, Texas, Florida, and Washington, D.C. it’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable to be outside.

Based on data from the World Climate Research Programme The New York Times reported that by 2100 cities as far north as Boise, Idaho and Pierre, South Dakota are projected to experience more than 50 days per year over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

By 2060, New York City is projected to experience 15 days over 100 degrees Fahrenheit; Washington D.C., 32. 

Portland, Maine, with fewer than five days over 100 degrees, will become increasingly attractive—especially for the more than 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day. 

Development is a good thing, but we need to be ready for it.

Conservation Work

Clamming near Woodward Point in Brunswick

Maine’s economy and culture will benefit from new people and ideas. But, as Maine’s coast continues to be the fastest developing part of the state and as coastal land becomes increasingly fragmented, it’s imperative that we protect the places Maine communities love while we still can.

MCHT aims to ensure every coastal community in Maine has guaranteed public access to conserved lands. 

Up and down the coast, we’re working with partners to protect waterfront access for clammers, forests where parents teach their children to hunt and fish, islands where people have picnicked for generations, and other places that make our economy tick and our quality of life in Maine so extraordinary.

Conservation Examples

East Machias sliding hill

Since 2014 MCHT has conserved land in more than 50 towns along the Maine coast, including Harpswell’s beloved Goslings Islands, which locals have enjoyed visiting for generations; a whole peninsula in Brooklin, called Harriman Point; a popular sliding hill in East Machias; and 2,352 acres surrounding Rocky Lake in Whiting, making MCHT’s largest preserve to date.

We’ve got more work to do, and hanging in the balance are two extraordinary places. Woodward Point in Brunswick represents one of our last opportunities to create a large coastal preserve in Southern Maine, the fastest growing area of the state. Clark Island in St. George is connected to the mainland by a causeway and has been used and loved by locals and visitors for generations. A successful Campaign will see both of these places conserved and open to the public in perpetuity. 

Learn more about the Campaign