August 9, 2012

A Great Boatride and Viewing Protected Land in Maine

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (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.  Founded in 1970, the trust was a pioneer in the use of conservation easements as a way to protect land.  Since then, MCHT has worked to protect more than 130,000 acres in Maine, including more than 275 entire coastal islands.

Last Thursday, MCHT, the local land trust for Mount Desert Island (MDI), hosted a boat tour with me as their guest.  The tour departed from Bartlett’s Landing on MDI destined for Frenchboro and Rich’s Head, Long Island in Blue Hill Bay.  Also on board was Kurt Klebe – Chairman of the Board, Richard Rockefeller – Board Member, Lillie Johnson – Council Member, Tim Glidden – President, Bob Deforrest – Project Manager, and Billy Helprin – Regional Steward.  Along the way, as the fog rolled by, I was able to view several MCHT properties that are protected in perpetuity thanks to gifts from the many friends and supporters of the land trust.  I, for one, am extremely grateful for such wise and thoughtful generosity.

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