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Conservation Groups Join Efforts to Restore the Iconic American Chestnut Tree

On Friday, a group of conservation partners will wield wheelbarrows, woodchips, and shovels, as they prepare the earth to plant a collection of American Chestnut tree saplings at the Cousins River Fields & Marsh Preserve in Yarmouth (June 13, 2024 – Topsham, Maine) – Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) will be working alongside the Maine…

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Opinion: We can conserve our way to a more stable climate

The Portland Press Herald | March 17, 2024 By: Kate Dempsey, State Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine, and Kate Stookey, President and CEO of Maine Coast Heritage Trust Wherever you live in Maine, people and organizations in your community are building partnerships and working to strengthen nature’s ability to make our state safer…

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Hannah Pingree to Deliver Keynote Address at Maine Coast Heritage Trust “Tides of Change” Fundraiser

The event will highlight the tangible role of land conservation in addressing the ravages of climate change.  [February 28, 2024, Topsham, Maine] Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) announced today that Hannah Pingree, Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, and co-chair of the Maine Climate Council, will be the keynote speaker…

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Collaboration Achieves Climate-Critical Conservation Win

A 47.5-acre parcel of undeveloped frontage along the Upper York River permanently protects critical marshland, a top priority in the face of climate change.   (January 22, 2024 — York, Maine) A unique parcel of marsh habitat along the upper reaches of the York River has been permanently protected through a multi-year collaboration amongst three…

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Ten Land Trusts Across Maine Receive Funding for Priority Conservation Projects

Maine Coast Heritage Trust announced the distribution of funds via the L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program, which has provided funding for nearly 60 land trusts since 2004. (Topsham, Maine – December 13, 2023) — Ten land trusts from across Maine recently were awarded funding through The L.L.Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program administered by…

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Three Major Milestones Realized at Aldermere Farm & Erickson Fields Preserve

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has received a new gift of $250K from the Richard King Mellon Foundation; Aaron Englander has been named Associate Director of Stewardship of two Rockport preserves; and a newly completed cattle barn will be open to visitors for the first time this Saturday at the Beltie Holiday event. November 28, 2023…

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Malaga Island listed on National Register of Historic Places

The 42-acre island off the New Meadow’s River in Casco Bay was home to a mixed-race community forcibly evicted by the state over 100 years ago  (Phippsburg, ME – November 21, 2023) – Malaga Island in Phippsburg, Maine, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The designation became official on September 19,…

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust Announces Major Milestone in Campaign for Aldermere Farm & Erickson Fields Preserves

News of a major gift arrives days before a Fall Celebration at Erickson Fields and as MCHT approaches the final stretch of a transformational campaign for Aldermere Farm, home to the oldest continuously operated herd of Belted Galloway in the United States. ROCKPORT, MAINE, October 12, 2023 – Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land…

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust Appoints Interim Leader at Aldermere Farm

Maine Coast Heritage Trust Appoints Interim Leader at Aldermere Farm. The announcement comes at a time of expansion at the working farm and preserve. June 14, 2022 — Rockport, ME – Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) announced today that Aaron Englander has stepped in as interim farm preserves director of Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Aldermere…

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust Hires Angela Twitchell to Lead Statewide Land Trust Program

A resident of Topsham, Twitchell will leave her leadership post at Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and assume responsibility for overseeing Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Land Trust Program (May 4, 2023 – Topsham, Maine) – Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), a statewide land conservation organization, announced today that it has appointed Angela Twitchell of Topsham, Maine, to…

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust Announces Recipient of the 2023 Espy Land Heritage Award

Ecologist and conservation biologist Janet McMahon was bestowed the honor at the Maine Land Trust Network Annual conference held May 3 in Rockport, Maine  (May 4, 2023, Topsham, Maine) – Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) has named Waldoboro resident Janet McMahon as recipient of the 2023 Espy Land Heritage Award, an annual award that recognizes…

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Invasive Alert: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is Now Prevalent – and Spreading – along Maine’s Coast 

Hemlock woolly adelgid will kill a healthy hemlock in a matter of years, so it’s critical that people act. Thankfully, Maine’s land trust community is taking a coordinated approach.   (APRIL 11, 2023, Topsham, Maine) The hemlock woolly adelgid has made its unfortunate entrance into the state of Maine. According to Maine Forest Service entomologist Colleen Teerling, the…

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Maine Land Trust Network to Name New Director and Addresses Community Needs at Annual Conference

With over 80 land trusts across the state, the nearly 30-year-old Maine Land Trust Network is unique in the U.S. for its scope, longevity, and purpose.

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust Uses Partnerships to Complete a Joint Conservation and Housing Project    

Acadia National Park will permanently protect shorefront along Northeast Creek and the Island Housing Trust will use three acres for year-round workforce housing 

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Northeast Wilderness Trust protects upland and freshwater tidal acreage as Forever-Wild in Pittston, Maine

December 25, 2022 — Montpelier, Vermont…Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT) announced today that it has more than 260 acres in Pittston, Maine, including a freshwater tidal zone and an 1.5 mile stretch along the Eastern River, and will form a new forever-wild preserve called the Tidal Bends Wilderness Preserve. Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) supported the…

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust Makes Million Dollar Investment to Propel Climate Change Work Along Maine Coast

An anonymous donor is helping to fund the protection of seven saltwater marshes from York County to Washington County as part of a coastwide conservation and restoration initiative.