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Land Conservation in Maine Ruled Tax Exempt

A ruling has been made in the dispute between the Town of Limington and the Francis Small Heritage Trust (FSHT) regarding the eligibility of the Trust's public preserve land for property tax exemption. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that land conservation is a charitable and benevolent activity in Maine, and thus land trusts that use their preserves solely for their charitable purposes are eligible for tax exemption under the Property Tax Exemption statute (36 MRS Section 652 et seq.). This is a resounding victory for land conservation organizations in Maine. Read more.

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Maine Land Trust Network


Learn about the Maine Land Trust Network, a program of MCHT that builds and sustains the quality and effectiveness of land conservation organizations statewide, or find your local land trust.

Help Protect Maine’s Coast

  • Help Protect High Island

    MCHT has an opportunity to protect this scenic island centrally located between Long Cove and Tenants Harbor in Saint George.
  • Initiative for The Goslings

    Maine Coast Heritage Trust is working to raise $925,000 by September 2014 to purchase and conserve the Goslings Islands in Harpswell.

  • Clapboard Island Campaign

    Maine Coast Heritage Trust has purchased 15 acres on the northeast corner of Clapboard Island, but we still need to raise $100,000 to pay for ongoing stewardship.


Land for Maine's Future Supports MCHT Projects

For the first time since 2010, the award-winning Land for Maine's Future (LMF) program has granted voter-approved bond funds to land conservation projects around the state. On July 15, the nine-person board agreed to invest more than $9 million on 30 projects, including four proposals sponsored by MCHT. [read more]

Conserving a Birding Mecca: Weskeag Marsh

Through the work of many partners, a wild expanse along one of midcoast Maine's largest tidal marshes will soon be permanently protected and accessible for public recreation. Maine Coast Heritage Trust holds a purchase option to acquire 220 undeveloped acres along the Weskeag River estuary between Thomaston and Rockland. [read more]

Restoring Eelgrass Beds

This June, for the fifth year in a row, MCHT has worked with the Frenchman Bay Partners on an effort to restore eelgrass beds. This critical natural resource provides habitat, serves as a food source, and helps to stabilize the ocean floor. [read more]

Read the Summer 2014 Maine Heritage Newsletter