BLUE HILL HERITAGE TRUST INC

Community based conservation since 1985

Blue Hill, ME   |  www.bluehillheritagetrust.org

Mission

To conserve land and water of special ecological, natural, agricultural, scenic, cultural and recreational significance in Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Penobscot, Sedgwick and Surry, and to work to increase public understanding of the importance of land and water conservation.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Hans M Carlson

Main address

PO Box 222

Blue Hill, ME 04614 USA

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EIN

22-2655830

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Blue Hill Heritage Trust is working to meet two related needs in the seven towns it serves. The first is the conservation of land and resources, for the benefit of our communities. There is a need for open, public space, even in a rural part of Maine like ours, for both recreational and traditional uses. Secondly, there is a need to connect both kids and adults with the land we are conserving. In one respect this is just getting people outside, but it is also educational. There is a need in our society for ecological and cultural understanding of all our lands, and we aim to meet that need too. We are thus involved with the conservation of the environment, but also the communities of people reliant on that environment.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational Outreach

We run programs for the ten schools on our peninsula, related to land conservation, environmental science, and community.

Population(s) Served

A school program, conducted in collaboration with Cynthia Winnings Gallery, aimed at getting kids outside and creating art related to the conserved lands of the Blue Hill peninsula

Population(s) Served

A series of outdoor workshops and hikes focused on various aspects of conservation. These include ecology, history, and culture.

Population(s) Served

Three lectures, focused on a specific subject, held weekly in April

Population(s) Served

Each year we highlight five or six of our local farms, letting farmers talk about their land and operations

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 2000

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek to conserve land strategically, guided by the ecological needs of local watersheds, ecosystems, and wildlife population. We seek to engage people with those conserved lands, for the long-term benefit of both land and people.

Goal 1: Protect more high priority land and water resources.
Goal 2: Strengthen stewardship of the Trust's conserved land and water resources.
Goal 3: Expand community outreach and engagement.
Goal 4: Enhance the Trust's trails and public access sites.
Goal 5: Continue to increase membership, organizational capacity and funding.

We have a great deal of organizational capability to carry out our mission. For 35 years we have practiced fiscal responsibility and have stewarded our donor base, so that we are in a strong financial position. We have also worked to gain the good will of the public, so that we have political support for our conservation effort. We have a dedicated board and staff, all of whom are actively engaged with our strategic goals and in the communities we serve.

We have conserved over 9000 acres of land and now run dozens of public programs throughout the year. We serve seven communities and ten local schools. We have recently conserved a 2100-acre parcel of cutover forest land, and are going to add an additional 2000 acres in 2018. These will be long-term restoration projects, which will also be new educational opportunities for us.

Financials

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BLUE HILL HERITAGE TRUST INC

Board of directors
as of 07/02/2019
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Board chair

Mr Terry Moulton

Terry Moulton

Samantha Haskell

Blue Hill Books

Johanna Barrett

Marine Environment Research Institute

Phyllis Taylor

Mary Barnes

Norm Alt

Hannah Webber

Schoodic Institute

Peter Clapp

Jon Hopkins

Sarah O'Malley

Maine Maritime Academy

Sarah King

Brooke Parish

G Squared Capital

Doug Cowan

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes