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Maine Coast Heritage Trust

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

Mission

We advance the conservation of lands and waters in Maine to ensure ecological wellbeing and foster thriving communities.

Ruling year info

1971

President and CEO

Kate Stookey

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

MCHT conserves high priority lands in Maine's Coastal Zone and its associated watersheds. A team of seven regional project managers work directly with property owners wishing to conserve their lands.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples

A team of seven regional stewards maintain and improve a conserved lands portfolio, including public preserves and conservation easements for public recreation and ecological functions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Through its Land Trust Program, MCHT provides training, education and technical support for Maine's statewide network of 80+ land trusts and conservation organizations and public policy initiatives to advance the cause of conservation.

Population(s) Served

Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve are historic agricultural properties in Rockport, Maine that MCHT operates as working farms and education centers. Through programs, partnerships, and community events, the organization helps visitors deepen their appreciation for land conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Farmers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MCHT's land protection statistics include acres conserved annually through either fee ownership or conservation easements. As of 2023, the organization has conserved a total of 180,000 acres.

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the cumulative numbers of conserved acres held by MCHT. As of December 2023, MCHT maintains 161 public preserves free and open to the public.

Number of individuals completing apprenticeship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These results document annual participation in the Richard G. Rockefeller Conservation Internship Program administered by MCHT in partnership with Maine's statewide conservation community.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Land Trust Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

MCHT hosts the annual Maine Land Conservation Conference to provide a forum for learning about the most pressing issues facing land conservation. [2020 Conference was cancelled due to COVID.]

Total pounds of target crop harvested

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Through its Teen Ag Crew program at Erickson Fields Preserve, MCHT grows, harvests, and distributes fresh food to hunger relief organizations, schools, and businesses in Maine's midcoast region.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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. Conserve Maine’s Coast to support both ecological health and the well-being of coastal communities.
2. Create and support a wide range of opportunities for people to connect with the land.
3. Provide leadership for a strong land trust community throughout Maine.
4. Advance conservation interests statewide through collaboration and advocacy.
5. Ensure outstanding organizational performance.

1. Enhance coastal resilience in the face of climate change

2. Provide responsible, long-term stewardship of all lands and easements held by MCHT employing a framework that emphasizes ecological health, contribution to community well-being, and adaptation to climate change.

3. Engage in matters of public policy and legal advocacy on a highly selective basis, seeking to:
-Secure increased public funding for land conservation.
-Strengthen governmental protections and incentives for land conservation.
-Defend against degradation or intrusions on conserved lands and other high priority lands and waters.
-Influence other critical policy issues affecting coastal lands and waters, with emphasis on climate change, land use planning, and regulatory tools.

4. Develop policy approaches and implement advocacy strategies related to land conservation and sound municipal finances.

MCHT’s mission and strategic plan are backed by a broad and dynamic donor base that includes community supporters and major philanthropic leaders. In 2019, the organization completed the largest coastal conservation campaign in Maine’s history. More than 7,500 people donated $130 million to keep the coast open, healthy, working, and beautiful. The campaign affirmed MCHT’s strategic priorities and fully funded existing stewardship responsibilities. A $100 million endowment funds a third of the organization’s almost $10 million annual operating budget.

MCHT is a Land Trust Alliance accredited land trust with more than 50 staff working from offices in Southern, Midcoast, and Downeast Maine. This local presence along the length of the coast fosters productive partnerships with landowners, town officials, schools, businesses, and other organizations. MCHT staff play a vital role in supporting the work of Maine’s statewide network of 80+ local land trusts. MCHT’s leadership and planning have built consensus around regional conservation priorities; the organization has the staff capacity, legal and transactional expertise, long-standing partnerships, and creativity to complete 30-40 land transactions annually and to manage more than 40,000 acres – including 146 preserves open to the public.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust began in 1970 to protect what makes the Maine coast unlike any other place in the world: wild islands, pocket beaches, vast spruce-fir forests, traditional trails, tidal marshes, agricultural lands, pristine rivers, local swimming holes, coastal access sites, and a way of life connected to the land and sea. Thanks to visionary founders, generous landowners and individual donors, private foundations, businesses, and municipal, state, and federal programs, the organization’s first fifty years have made a deep and lasting impact on the Maine coast and beyond.
• More than 170,000 acres and more than 300 islands conserved. Seven regional project managers work with landowners, towns, and communities to identify and conserve important land on the coast.
• More than 100 miles of trail and 146 preserves free and open to the public. A team of eight regional land stewards manages MCHT preserves for ecological diversity, scenic beauty, low impact year-round recreation, and other community benefits.
• A commitment to help other land trusts succeed. MCHT formed and continues to lead the Maine Land Trust Network, hosting an annual Maine Land Conservation Conference and providing training, funding, and networking opportunities for Maine’s entire conservation community. We helped launch the Land for Maine’s Future Program and co-founded the Land Trust Alliance to strengthen land trusts in all fifty states.
• Partnerships shape the organization’s work. By collaborating with towns, schools, state agencies and other organizations, MCHT facilitates conservation projects that help meet local, regional, and state environmental and social needs.

To learn more about Maine Coast Heritage Trust, visit the website: https://www.mcht.org/

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 05/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Armstrong, Jr.

Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, retired: L.L.Bean

Term: 2019 - 2025

Lucy A. McCarthy

President: The McCarthy Charities / Civic volunteer

M. Cameron Barrow

Relationship Manager, retired: H.M. Payson & Co.

Mackenzie Davis

Managing Partner: SailingStone Capital Partners

Alix W. Hopkins

Consultant and author

Katherine B. Jans

Chef, landscape gardener and civic volunteer

Sam Spencer

CEO and Managing Director: CEI-Boulos Capital Management, LLC

Judy Wallingford

President, retired: Maine Water Company

Edward E. Wendell, Jr.

Founding Partner, retired: Northern Cross, LLC

Jean B. Wheeler

Community organizer and conservationist

John Adelman

President/CEO: CPRC Group

Sheridan Steele

Park Superintendent, retired: National Park Service

Ben Twining

Senior Research Scientist and Vice President for Education: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Thomas M. Armstrong, Jr.

Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, retired: L.L.Bean

Emily M. Beck

Attorney, retired: Young Beck LLP

Emily Bruce

Vice President of Creative: L.L. Bean

Ann Amstutz Hayes

Entrepreneur and consultant

Christina W. Millet

Writer, editor and professional volunteer

Alejandra Ortiz

Assistant Professor of Geology, Colby College

Philip K. Ryan

Chairman, Swisse Re America; retired: Power Corporation of Canada

Nova Tower

Partner, Waypoint Brokers Collective

Alejandra Geiger-Ortiz

Assistant Professor of Geology, Colby College

Paula J. Volent

Vice President and Cheif Investment Officer: The Rockefeller University

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/2/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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