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Islands Initiative

Photo: Daniel B. Carr

Our island conservation work spans the entire coast of Maine, from the Isles of Shoals in Kittery to the wild islands of Cobscook Bay along the Canadian border. Since our foundation, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has worked with local, state, and federal partners and generous landowners to protect 300 entire islands and we now own and steward 65 coastal island preserves with public access. All of this is made possible by your generous donations.

Featured prominently on the worldwide island real estate market, Maine’s iconic islands are among our most threatened places and island conservation efforts are as critical as ever. We’ve identified more than 100 coastal islands as top priorities for future protection through conservation easements and direct acquisition. 

  • Have questions about this project? We’d love to answer them, and to learn more about you and your passion for protecting the Maine coast.
  • Support our coast-wide work and become a member today.
  • Experience the beautiful places we work together to protect: visit a MCHT preserve.

Here’s more information about Maine islands we’re raising money to protect:

Conservation Goals

Habitat Protection

MCHT works to protect rich and diverse island habitat by working with a variety of partners. MCHT plays a vital role in the conservation of seabird nesting islands by purchasing and then transferring land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Scenic Resources

Featured prominently on the worldwide island real estate market, Maine’s iconic islands are among our most threatened places. Their outstanding natural value helps define the character of Maine’s coastline, and they are world-renowned for their scenic beauty.

Recreation and Access

The connections between people and the natural world are fundamental to our well-being, economic prosperity, and community vitality. From treasured anchorages for Maine’s cruising community to overnight campsites and day trips for the locals, Maine’s islands offer unparalleled opportunity for transformative, unforgettable experiences.

Community Land Use

MCHT staff works with municipal leaders to identify projects that address community need. Our goal is to retain access for longtime traditional uses such as swimming hunting, fishing, shellfish harvesting, and other activities.

How You Can Help

To support the protection of Maine islands, please contact:

Nicky Blanchard
Director of Development

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Main Office
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086