“There are only so many ways, and few of them good, to tell someone that nature is vital…. So let’s just let these kids roam free, get muddy, skin a knee, catch a frog or two, and then no one will have to tell them.”
Everyone deserves the opportunity to develop a strong sense of place with the natural world.
“Regardless of if you’re looking through a natural, cultural, social, or economic lens, the public benefits are too many and special places are too few, for us not to protect and provide public access for the future.”
“Ever since I was a kid I felt at home in the outdoors. Growing up in rural Maine, the rivers and trees were our playground, and the streams and woods inspired our imaginations. Fishing, hunting, hiking, and exploring helped shape who I am, and I am so grateful to be working in a field that allows me to help protect and care for the resources that I have such a personal connection to.”
“To hear from a young Passamaquoddy Tribal member that to be on the land allows the Tribal legends and stories from that place to be alive in the 21st century is very meaningful. I go to sleep at night knowing that this will be so for the future generations.”
To be on the water in a thunderstorm, or to happen upon a perfect cove lined with smooth granite shoreline—for a lot of us, those are the moments that fill us up.
“Sometimes the impact we make can be difficult to measure, but when I help deliver boxes of produce to Come Spring Food Pantry the impact of MCHT’s work is undeniable.”
“For me, land conservation is about natural resource sovereignty and land justice. Protecting, stewarding, and holding these places and resources in common and in perpetuity.”
“When I watch kids working with the animals, when I smell the ocean breeze through the barnyard and hear the bellowing of cows, I try to stop, take a deep breath, and quietly give thanks that Aldermere Farm is conserved and here to stay.”
“I love it when someone comes up to me and tells me about something they observed or enjoyed on a preserve. I mean, not only do we protect incredibly beautiful, serene places for mushrooms and slime molds—we do it for people, too!”
“I grew up playing in the undeveloped forest behind my house, this freedom to learn and explore helped shape my childhood. The work we do in land conservation ensures that these sorts of places will be around for future generations to experience and enjoy as well.”
“I started working on a dairy farm when I was 14. It’s great to see kids at Aldermere learning about hard work and how to do things around a farm. So many don’t know where their meat comes from, or their milk; it’s very helpful for people in the area to come here and see how it all works.”
“I was drawn to this work out of a love for wildlife and native plants, and while that’s still crucial, I’m also motivated by inviting people to love MCHT land. Building trails, putting up a welcome sign, restoring degraded landscapes—these are all aspects of my job that I love.”
“Land conservation protects what people love and enjoy about Maine—and sometimes they don’t even realize it. The happiness, fulfillment, and peace that comes with taking a trip out to an island or walking a coastal trail is essential. I see it first-hand: time in nature brings out the kindness in people.”
Caitlin monitors many of the conservation easements that Maine Coast Heritage Trust holds in Midcoast and Southern Maine.