You Can Help Keep the Coast Clean
So much plastic is ending up in the ocean that in just a few years, the Ocean Conservancy predicts that we may end up with a pound of plastic for every three pounds of fish in the sea.
This reality hits home for Maine Coast Heritage Trust on the miles of conserved coastline we steward, and which we often find littered with plastic and other kinds of trash.
Keeping the coast clean is a challenge, especially on island preserves which are harder to get to. Between the costs for materials and disposal of trash, gas for the boat, and staff time to organize a clean-up event, it costs around $775 to clean up a beach on an island.
MCHT is all about protecting special places on the coast, opening them up to you, and caring for those lands so you can enjoy them (ideally, trash free).
Thankfully, MCHT has a team of eight stewards and seasonal staff working up and down the coast and lots of volunteers who pitch in to keep the coast clean.
On September 12, 2018, Maine Coast Heritage Trust ran a one-day fundraising effort on social media to raise $10,000 to help keep the coast clean.
Generous donors gave $10,474 over the course of the day—that’s enough to clean more than 13 island beaches.
A big thanks to all who gave and supported this effort.
One of our favorite stories of the day came from Nat Pulsifer, who said, “Today I have 50 eighth graders from Shore Country Day School in Beverly, Massachusetts coming to Yarmouth Island in Casco Bay. Their ‘thank you’ task during this, our thirtieth year hosting their three-day camping stay, is to police the shoreline. I pledge $1 per pound of trash collected or $100—whichever is greater—to Maine Coast Heritage Trust. I’ll include a Harpswell Recycle Center receipt with my check.”
“When it comes down to it, your support makes this work possible.”
More Stories from the Coast
All of us at Maine Coast Heritage Trust mourn the passing of Peter Blanchard, a true champion for the Maine coast.
“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.”
Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields require much-needed investment to make them safer, more efficient, and more inclusive community preserves. How do we extend access to the special experiences they offer?
By 2022 MCHT Richard G. Rockefeller Conservation Intern Calvin Lucindo
We have the opportunity to enhance recreational and commercial opportunities in the Machias area and the ecological health of the Middle River by improving fish passage and restoring 300 acres of salt marsh.