Embracing Growth: A Year of Reflection and Planning for Future Success
From Kate Stookey, Maine Coast Heritage Trust President and CEO
“This year, we’ve carved out time to step back, learn, reflect, and start planning for the years ahead.”
I hope you enjoy this collection of stories and updates about our work, the places we have the honor to conserve, and the partners and supporters who make it all possible.
This longer, more in-depth publication includes stories about our collaborative efforts to protect connected forests and wildlife habitat, recent projects to create permanent public coastal access for clammers and diggers, and our collaboration with partners to advance conservation while addressing issues of concern to communities up and down the coast.
Not surprisingly, many themes in this annual publication — namely, connection, access, and partnership—are also surfacing as clear priorities in the conversations we’re having as we develop a new strategic plan. This year, we’ve carved out time to step back, learn, reflect, and start planning for the years ahead. We’re asking ourselves questions like:
What are the challenges facing communities in Maine? How can we most effectively contribute to a healthy and vibrant Maine through our conservation efforts?
Grounded in research and ongoing input from people inside and outside the organization, goals are emerging around building climate change resilience, deepening connections with people we haven’t reached yet, and leveraging Maine’s robust network of land trusts and other partners to accelerate the pace and scale of conservation. We’re having exciting and important conversations about what it will take to ready our organization to make the greatest impact possible in the years to come.
The stakes are high, the opportunities abound, and I look forward to working with you to build upon the tremendous impact we have achieved together over the past half-century. If you haven’t already signed up to receive email updates from us, you can do so at mcht.org/get-updates. We’ll keep you up to date on MCHT’s strategic plan, events, conservation news and stories, and more.
Thank you for giving to the lands and waters that give so much to us.
MCHT President and CEO
More Stories from the Coast
Sharing the work of Island Housing Trust, a nonprofit organization and frequent partner of MCHT working to increase access to housing for teachers, first responders, and other workers on Mount Desert Island.
On this particular August day, we collected 860 pounds of plastic buoys, rope, and trash, From (only two) packed boatloads.
Take a closer look at wood frog and spotted salamander eggs and egg masses found on MCHT preserves this time of year
“This place, and the people who also call this place home, made me who I am and instilled in me a desire to care for this land and the lives and livelihoods it supports. For me, that’s what conservation is all about.”
By 2022 MCHT Richard G. Rockefeller Conservation Intern Hannah Bradish