Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Keep the coast Maine

aka MCHT   |   Topsham, ME   |  http://www.mcht.org

Mission

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) conserves and stewards Maine's coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners.

Ruling year info

1971

President

Tim Glidden

Main address

1 Bowdoin Mill Island Ste 201

Topsham, ME 04086 USA

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EIN

23-7099105

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Maine Coast Heritage is committed to a vision of whole coastal Maine landscapes and islands that retain their inspiring beauty, thriving natural systems, and healthy communities. By addressing the connectivity between our coastal rivers and estuaries, riparian lands, wildlife corridors and the coast itself, the ecosystems that sustain our coastal communities will be stronger. We will build on traditional conservation values with an eye toward increased resilience to accelerating climate change and accompanying sea level rise. Through our work with many partners, Maine’s land conservation community will intensify and broaden the connections between the lands and people of the state in a manner that is deep, lasting and meets its collective, long-term stewardship obligations. We will advocate for the needs of land conservation and the conservation community. The role of natural and sustainable working lands will be widely recognized as a vital piece of the social, cultural and e

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Land Protection and Conservation

Land Protection is the primary program at MCHT with project managers who work directly with property owners wishing to conserve their lands. Stewardship and monitoring of the properties we have protected is another important and growing program at MCHT. MCHT's programs include the Maine Land Trust Network, an entity which supports the work of local land trusts throughout the State of Maine. Public Policy initiatives that support our land protection efforts are another aspect of our work. In addition, like any non-profit, MCHT has programs in Development and Financial Management.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance 2010

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

1. Protect the character of Maine’s Coast

2. Foster a conservation ethic and enhance the well-being of coastal communities

4. Advance conservation interests statewide

5. Ensure outstanding organizational performance

1. Protect the character of Maine’s Coast by sustaining the pace and quality of land protection and stewardship that support ecological health and the well-being of coastal communities.
2. Foster a conservation ethic and enhance the well-being of coastal communities through conservation programs and partnerships.
3. Provide leadership for a strong and effective land trust community throughout Maine by fostering excellence, advancing collaboration and safeguarding accomplishments.
4. Advance conservation interests statewide through collaboration, thought leadership and advocacy.
5. Ensure outstanding organizational performance through comprehensive fund development and strategic communications, and with exemplary governance, management and accountability.

MCHT continues its focus on whole-place protection and its
work to conserve priority islands, while identifying new protection
priorities that strengthen ecological connectivity and mitigate the
projected impacts of climate change. While continuing to rely on traditional tools like conservation
easements, MCHT explores and consider adopting innovative
approaches to landscape-scale conservation. Sound stewardship
design and budgeting are integrated into conservation projects,
and the Trust maintains its commitment to responsible
stewardship (caring for lands in ways that sustain both ecological
health and community wellbeing).

MCHT will enhance public awareness and use of its preserves
(through increased activities and partnerships) and offer
community programs such as field trips, the Lubec Outing Club
and the Teen Agriculture Crew at its Erickson Fields Preserve.

In its ongoing role as coordinator of the Maine
Land Trust Network, MCHT will provide continued information
and training to the state’s land trust community— particularly
supporting their participation in Land Trust Alliance standards
and practices and accreditation. MCHT will continue promoting
the policy interests of the community, offering a revolving loan
fund, and organizing the state’s annual land trust conference. The
Trust will facilitate and support a process for envisioning the most
effective and sustainable statewide structure for the land trust
community, and will invest in strengthening collaborations (and,
where appropriate, mergers) among local trusts.

As it has historically done, MCHT will engage in advocacy and
public policy in matters directly related to land conservation
(and, selectively and collaboratively with partner organizations,
on broader issues affecting coastal lands and waters). The Trust will
remain active and assume leadership roles as needed in commissions,
organizations and initiatives at state and federal levels, and will
expand its reach through increased research, public speaking,
publications and, potentially, topical conferences and workshops.

MCHT will expand its fund development strategy to support
implementation of the expanded vision outlined in this plan.
To this end, it will increase its communications capacity, and update
the means of promoting MCHT’s activities and accomplishments.
The Trust will increase efforts to attract and retain members and
monitor member satisfaction (as well as broader public attitudes
toward land conservation and MCHT). The Trust will continue its
ongoing work to implement best practices in nonprofit governance,
fostering a team-oriented culture of innovation and excellence with
open communications, competitive compensation, and ongoing
professional development. To enhance organizational efficiency and
performance, it will update technology and information systems as
needed. These and other measures will help ensure that MCHT can
successfully renew its current LTA accreditation.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Board of directors
as of 12/9/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Armstrong, Jr.

Joseph Hammer

Thomas Ireland

Jennifer Mahoney

Arthur Martinez

Lucy McCarthy

Melissa Paly

David Reis

Stephen Sullens

M. Cameron Barrow

Mackenzie Davis

John Forsgren

Elizabeth Gilmore

Alix Hopkins

Katherine Jans

Sam Spencer

Judy Wallingford

Edward Wendell, Jr.

Jean Wheeler

Karin Marchetti

John Adelman

Sheridan Steele

Ben Twining

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No