Conservation Work

We keep the coast open, wild, working, and beautiful

The Mission: 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.

What We Do

Protect Land

MCHT works with landowners, towns, and communities to identify and conserve outstanding coastal lands—protecting critical habitat and creating more public access to the land and sea.

Care for the Land

MCHT land stewards work in every coastal county to care for conserved lands, build trails and campsites to make the Maine coast more accessible to you, and help native plants and animals thrive.

Connect You to the Coast

MCHT offers more than 120 preserves open to the public, dozens of field trips and events, and programming to connect people to the coast.

Support Land Trusts

MCHT runs a program—the Land Trust Program—dedicated to supporting all of Maine’s land trusts, and has helped form dozens of land trusts throughout the state.

What We’re Working on Now

Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s work spans the entire coast and involves dozens of conservation projects at any given time. Here’s more information about some projects currently underway: