2018 Annual Report
MCHT donors made so much possible in 2018.
The proof is in the acres conserved, the miles of trail cleared, the glimpses of lives made better through land conservation. Thank you to all who gave so generously in 2018 to keep the coast Maine.
Together we protected, in perpetuity, 27 places along the coast, and cared for scores of public preserves. And that hardly begins to cover it all.
27 places conserved in 2018
Nearly 3,000 acres conserved (that’s over half the size of Camden Hills State Park) including 64,000 feet of shoreline (that’s more than 12 miles)
437 places stewarded in 2018
More than 37,000 acres monitored and cared for (that’s nearly the size of Acadia National Park), including 90 miles of trail (that’s the distance from Portland to Belfast)
Did You Know?
In 2018, a record number of people made donations to MCHT, including 765 first-time donors. 465 volunteers pitched in 4,190 hours. Donors gave, and MCHT got to work.
Land trust leadership by the numbers
80 conservation organizations supported by MCHT’s Land Trust Program
32 land trusts and 30 towns directly assisted by field staff
1,500 hours in Augusta lobbying, strategizing, and developing relationships with legislators on behalf of Maine’s conservation community
2,000 receiving biweekly updates from MCHT staff on the most important news in land conservation
Want to know more? MCHT’s Public Policy Manager offers the inside scoop.
The numbers say a lot… and so do the smiling faces.
9 entirely new preserves created
MCHT’s newest and largest mainland preserve in the midcoast encompasses ecologically rich Weskeag Marsh—a great birdwatching spot!
15 beach cleanups organized
Members of Portland Community Squash picked up trash on East Clapboard Island Preserve.
30,000 pounds of food grown
This year’s Teen Ag Crew grew a record amount of food (25,000 nutritious meals) for hunger relief agencies, schools, and local businesses on conserved land. Meet one of the crew members.
250 people (mostly kiddos) participated in ongoing and in-depth outdoor programs
Members of the Lubec Outing Club explored nearby conserved lands with steward Melissa Lee.
Collaborated with 95 nonprofits and organizations
Members of the Blue Hill Peninsula Ski Club enjoy a winter afternoon at Witherle Woods Preserve.
3,350 people connected to the land through field trips and public events
28 joined us on a special field trip to Black Island Preserve in Frenchboro.
Are you smiling yet? Check out more places and faces from 2018.
Photo credits in order of appearance: © Ken Woisard Photography, Sarah Hinckley, Frank Wilson, Woodley Osborne, © Ken Woisard Photography, MCHT Photo, John Burrows, Ceci Danforth, Bridget Besaw, © Ken Woisard Photography
Generosity in Action, 2018
We value all gifts to Maine Coast Heritage Trust and make sure they go as far as possible for the Maine coast. For every $10 MCHT spent in 2018, $8 went directly to protecting and caring for coastal lands and islands and connecting people to the coast.
The above represents a summary of how your generous contributions were spent during 2018 and the sources of funds applied. Our 2018 audited financial statements and Form 990 will be available later this year. A complete set of MCHT’s 2017 audited financial statements are available at mcht.org/financials.
The largest coastal conservation Campaign in Maine’s history: an update
Since 2014, every gift to Maine Coast Heritage Trust—from $10 to $10,000—has added up, and we’re past the 105 million mark in our ongoing $125 Campaign to address urgent threats to the coast.
Thank you to all who have given so far! Due to the extraordinarily generous Bass Family Match, an additional $1 will be released for every $3 donated through the end of 2019 and the conclusion of the Campaign. Update 12/18/2019: The Bass Match concluded in December 2019.
Thank you donors
Thank you to everyone who gave to Maine Coast Heritage Trust in 2018. You made so much possible for the coast.
Tripp Kise, donor, volunteer, and member of MCHT’s Next Wave on why he gives to Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
"My family has long been connected to the Maine coast and its conservation even though we were merely summer folks. Wanting to spend more time amongst the islands I fell in love with as a child, I moved here full-time in 2010 and haven’t looked back.
It’s imperative that we preserve our coast—for its natural beauty and for those who depend upon it for a living.
That’s why I give to MCHT."