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Be part of the largest coastal conservation Campaign in Maine’s history. Every dollar, every hour, every voice of support counts. GIVE TODAY or scroll down to learn more.

Every 3 dollars you give
will be matched with
1 additional dollar

Thanks to the Bass Family Match, every three dollars you give to Maine Coast Heritage Trust will release another dollar, making your gift go even further.

Here’s what your gift will do

$50=Builds four feet of bog bridging
$100=Pays for a water test on an MCHT preserve
$250=Creates a welcome sign at an MCHT preserve
$500=Maintains a mile of trail for a year
$1,000=Covers the cost of monitoring two conservation easements for one year
$2,500=Brings 40 students on a field trip to an island preserve
$5,000=Provides one full summer internship
$10,000=Protects approximately one acre in midcoast Maine

Threats to the coast

Climate Change

75% of Maine’s plants and animals are vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. Learn more.

Increased Development

As rising temperatures make urban centers less habitable, demand for access to Maine’s relatively temperate climate will also rise. Learn more.

Limited Access

Only 1% of Maine’s coastline has guaranteed public water access for recreation and commercial use. Learn more.

How the Campaign addresses these threats

MCHT has launched a $125 million campaign to:

Create more public access to the coast

Protecting access points on the coast for clamming, paddling, and everything in between. Securing the resources required to manage these places to make them useful, accessible, and welcoming – for generations to come.

Protect wildlife habitat

Creating places of refuge for threatened plants, animals, fish, and birds, and caring for these places so that more species can thrive as the coast is developed.

Save the places people love

Supporting Maine’s smart growth and development and saving the places that make Maine an extraordinary place to live, work, and play: the peninsulas where families picnic, the woods where they hunt, the ponds and rivers where they fish, and the lands where they grow food.

Address climate change

Identifying and protecting Maine’s most resilient habitats, including salt marsh and coastal rivers, to face the reality of a changing climate head on.

“For thousands of years my ancestors have been down here fishing and clamming. I was concerned I’d lose access to the flats. It's excellent, what MCHT is doing, keeping this place open to the public for clamming.”

— Roland Newall

Places worth protecting

These are just a couple of the dozens of special places your gift helps conserve.

St. George’s Clark Island is one of those rare islands connected to the mainland by a causeway—as accessible as an island gets. MCHT is fundraising to purchase, protect, and make Clark Island forever open to the public.

In partnership with Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, MCHT has successfully conserved Woodward Point, one of the last undeveloped large tracts of coastal land in southern Maine. Land stewards are now making improvements to the preserve, which is open to the public. 

Campaign gifts in action

Below is a financial breakdown of the $125 million Campaign. Every dollar you give is a bold response to the threats to the coast and will be put right to work.

Click below to learn more about what your gift will do.

Protecting Coastal Lands
  • Guarantees every coastal community in Maine has quality public access to the coast
  • Creates more shore access for recreation and commercial use
  • Creates public parks in the heart of Maine communities
  • Protects large tracts of open land and wildlife habitat
  • Conserves threatened coastal islands
  • Prepares Maine for climate change through salt marsh protection and river restoration
Caring for the Land
  • Guarantees protected lands are forever cared for
  • Expands trail systems and camping opportunities
  • Protects plants and animals through responsible land management
  • Combats invasive species and other threats to biodiversity
  • Mobilizes volunteers to help care for the land
Connecting People to the Land
  • Strengthens Maine’s land trust movement by providing education, policy advocacy, training, and more for local land trusts
  • Supports ongoing programs to connect people to the land—including at MCHT’s Aldermere Farm Preserve
  • Brings people outside on special field trips and events
  • Inspires and trains the next generation of conservationists through a new internship program

This Campaign is protecting open land along the Maine coast, the fastest developing part of the state.

Donors are already making an impact

Thanks to the generosity of more than 6,800 people, over $120 million has been raised towards this Campaign as of August 1, 2019.

Expanded public access to land and water in more than 45 coastal towns.

11,000 more acres of land conserved, including 50 miles of shorefront.

25 more miles of trails, making more than 90 miles total.

But, there is still so much more work to do.

Remember: your gift goes even further thanks to the Bass Family Match.
Every 3 dollars you give will be matched with 1 additional dollar.

"The value of this work came into focus when we woke up on Lanes Island Preserve with our daughter. It was a feeling like no other. We decided it was time to support the organization that makes experiences like this possible."

— Chris Moore and Ashley Shoukimas

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For more information

Do you have questions or want to talk about something in detail? Contact Development at 207-729-7366 or  or visit our staff directory.