Caring for the Land
After serving as Aldermere Farm Herd Manager for over five years, Baker now to oversee Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields
This year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust thought it was time to hit the pause button, to look closely at and think deeply and strategically about the land conservation movement and where it goes from here.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust thinks about trails and stone staircases and how to keep your feet dry on a wet walk through the woods so that you don’t have to.
Land stewardship adds up to so much more than the sum of its parts—though sometimes, on a hot, humid day, it can be hard to see the forest for the trees.
I had no idea that my appreciation for land trusts would grow significantly—not only from learning about the stewardship aspect, but the community aspect as well.
On my first day on the job at Coastal Mountains Land Trust, I hopped in the truck with another intern, Max, and we sped off to the hardware store appointed with the task of purchasing roofing shingles. That’s right, roofing shingles…
It’s not even July and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust Stewardship staff has already covered a lot of ground—thanks in part to all the volunteers who have pitched in.
On a cold night in early January, Heidi Baker, Aldermere Farm’s Herd Manager, put her young daughters to bed around 7:30, bundled up, and ventured out to the barn to check on the cows before turning in.
It takes a lot for Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) to take care of its conserved land—and that’s not all stewards do.
Around a bend on Mount Desert Island’s Tremont Road, the view opens up suddenly and spectacularly to reveal MCHT’s Kelley Farm Preserve, ten acres of protected meadowland on Cousins Creek overlooking the mountains of Acadia National Park.
For the past 18 years, Maine Coast Heritage Trust steward Melissa Lee and students at Lesley University’s Ecological Teaching and Learning Program have converged at one of Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Preserves along the bold coast in Washington County to spend a summer day doing trail work together.
A growing number of college students are attending MCHT’s Maine Land Conservation Conference. This year was no exception, with 15 young aspiring land conservationists attending from six colleges and universities.
Abundant runs of river herring (blueback herring and alewives) once turned Washington County’s Orange River into “a miracle of water and life.”
MCHT has been reaccredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a national board that recognizes conservation organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement.
In partnership with L.L.Bean, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has awarded six grants totaling $22,750 to enhance public access to conserved lands.