Fall 2021 - Coast-wide Edition
From the President
Over the ten years I’ve served as president of MCHT, I’ve developed wonderful relationships with so many of you and, even with those I’ve not had the privilege to meet in person, I feel the strong connection that comes from a shared passion for the common cause of protecting Maine’s incredible coast.
There is an intimacy in the relationship between land and sea that is incredibly powerful. We respond to it instantly. We want to share in that relationship, and we are willing to work hard to sustain and protect it.
Why Rivers Matter in a Changing Climate
Connected habitat is increasingly important for Maine’s wildlife. Species will need to move across the landscape to adapt to our rapidly changing climate. In Maine, rivers serve as critical corridors for wildlife movement. They provide a ribbon of connected habitat for native fish (particularly sea-run fish like Atlantic salmon and alewives).
Other wildlife species—including those that live on the land—also benefit from the cooler, moist habitat along rivers and depend on the water and food that rivers provide. MCHT is focused on protecting and restoring fish passage at five key coastal rivers.
Creating Common Ground
In 2017, a local nonprofit in Milbridge, Women for Healthy Rural Living (WHRL) came to MCHT with an idea to create a new town park on the water with walking trails, a play area for kids, and gardens offering fresh food free for the picking.
MCHT conserved the land and, over the next several years, helped bring WHRL’s vision for the Milbridge Commons Wellness Park to life. “People just really want to be there,” says one Milbridge resident. “It’s proving to be much more than anticipated.”
Pitching in to Save Little Whaleboat Island
Helene Marsh Harrower and Judy Marsh, MCHT donors
This year Brunswick’s Paul’s Marina celebrated its 75th anniversary with a fundraiser. About 400 people gathered at the marina under twinkle lights and a full moon to raise a total of $50,000 to support the effort to protect Little Whaleboat Island.
This is the third Maine Coast Heritage Trust project the Marsh family and the extended Paul’s Marina community have supported over the years. This group also helped conserve Whaleboat Island in 2002 and the Goslings in 2014.
Name that MCHT Preserve
At 122 acres, it’s Casco Bay’s largest undeveloped island.
On clear days, it offers views of Mt. Washington.
It’s a great place to spot birds during fall and spring migration.
Thanks to our Donors
Everything you read about here is possible thanks to MCHT donors and supporters. Thank you for all you do for the Maine coast.
Have you made your gift to MCHT? If not, give today, and keep up the good work for the coast.
Photo credits: Copyright Ken Woisard Photography; Copyright Ken Woisard Photography; Courtesy of Women for Healthy Rural Living; Ken Woisard Photography; Courtesy of the Knox County Gleaners; Courtesy of TNC/Mark Berry; Courtesy of Maine Beer Company; MCHT graphic; Photo by Kirk Gentalen; MCHT photo