Espy Land Heritage Award

Maine Coast Heritage Trust presents the Espy Land Heritage Award to an individual, organization, agency or coalition for exemplary conservation efforts in Maine.

The award recognizes those that have made outstanding contributions to land conservation in Maine while inspiring others.

In 2008 the award was renamed and endowed in honor of Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s long-time President, Jay Espy. In doing so MCHT’s Board sought to celebrate Jay’s vision and leadership for land conservation and his spirit of collaboration. In his early days at MCHT, Jay was instrumental in helping new land trusts form. His commitment and passion for land conservation as a local process was unwavering during his 24 years at the Trust and is evidenced in MCHT’s numerous undertakings in support of land conservation and the land trust community.

View listing of past Espy Land Heritage Recipients.

Call for Nominations for 2020 Espy Land Heritage Award

Now, in honor of Jay Espy and with thanks to generous donors from Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Board and Council, we are pleased to issue a call for nominations for the 2020 Espy Land Heritage Award. The recipient of the award will be recognized at the Maine Land Conservation Conference on Saturday, April 25th, and will be entitled to direct $5,000.00 to the non-profit organization of their choosing.

Selection Considerations

  • Nominee’s history/body of conservation work
  • Specific recent accomplishments that have benefited the nominee’s community and its people
  • Willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks
  • Demonstration of effective listening and responding to community needs
  • Track record of establishing and building common ground among diverse people and interest groups and/or identifying and collaborating with new partners in advancing land conservation
  • Lasting impact of work
  • Extent to which receipt of the award by nominee will inspire, influence, or otherwise advance land conservation efforts in Maine
  • Any/all of the above as they relate to challenges facing Maine and its people as a result of changes in our climate are especially of interest in 2020

Nomination process and eligibility

Nomination Deadline: March 6, 2020


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