The Cutler Harbor Community Access Project

A collaboration between MCHT and the town of Cutler protects access to an outstanding preserve, creates a new town park, and improves access to the harbor for recreation and commercial fishing

At the gateway to Maine’s Bold Coast, the village of Cutler over­looks a picturesque harbor that shelters a fleet of lobster boats.

Cutler has one of the highest rates of residents work­ing in fisheries statewide. Its harbor is a critical coastal access site, one of only four natural harbors in a region where cliffs and strong currents constrain access to the water.

A photo from Western Head Preserve

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has been a neighbor here since 1988, when we conserved 247 acres on Western and Great Heads to halt a 31-lot subdivision opposed by the Town. Western Head Preserve is a source of local pride and one of our most popular Downeast preserves. How­ever, access to Western Head has depended on a handshake agreement with the adjacent landowner.

With the opportunity to purchase that adjacent property, MCHT and the Town of Cutler have designed a conservation plan that will enhance outdoor recreation, increase public access to the harbor, and give the Town more options to adjust to a changing economy and lobster fishery.

Your gift to this project will:

  • Protect almost six shorefront acres that the Town of Cutler will develop into a town park
  • Increase public access to Cutler Har­bor for recreation and commercial fishing
  • Secure access to and expand parking for MCHT’s Western Head Preserve, where beautiful trails offer a 3.5-mile round-trip hike to spectacular coastal headlands.

Project overview:

Location: Cutler, Washington County
Project size: ±16 acres*
Total project cost: $983,850
Fundraising deadline: 12/31/2022

*This ±16-acre project is part of a larger 190-acre property that will be acquired by MCHT. We will re-sell the balance of the property, keeping approximately 174 acres on the tax rolls. 

Fundraising covers land acquisition costs, MCHT’s pooled stewardship funds, and operational support.


For more information, please contact:

Nicky Blanchard
Director of Engagement
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Office: 207.607.4369
Mobile: 207.649.9141

Jacob van de Sande
Project Manager
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Phone: 207.259.5040