August 15, 2011

A Great Walk With Members of Maine Coast Heritage Trust

During my last visit to Maine, I had the wonderful pleasure of walking through Babson Creek Preserve, which is part of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.  Richard Rockefeller, who is on the board of directors of MCHT, and his wife, Nancy, extended this invitation to me, and Billy Helprin, who is the Mount Desert Island Regional Steward, was our fascinating guide.  MCHT conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, ecological diversity, and working landscapes.  MCHT promotes the conservation of natural places statewide by working with land trusts, communities, and other partners.

After our exploration of Babson Creek, we went up the road a little way and gained access to MCHT’s recent purchase, Kitteredge Brook Forest Preserve.  We had a very informative walk through a wooded trail, which led to an area with great views of the adjacent beaver ponds and wetlands, which were teeming with wildlife.  I was especially happy to see this beautiful expanse because so much of the money used to purchase it was raised through generous donations.   I, myself, am a benefactor of this important acquisition, which will provide ecological and recreational benefits for generations to come.