$1 Million More for Clark Island
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is in the midst of a $4.8 million dollar fundraising effort to purchase, conserve, and open to the public 120 acres of Clark Island in St. George.
Easily accessible from the mainland thanks to a causeway, this island offers extraordinary opportunities for walking, hiking, and beachcombing. A parcel of undeveloped coastal land of this size is rare on the midcoast, and provides important habitat for all kinds of wildlife—from wood frogs to wood thrush, otters to osprey, and diversity that changes with every season.
Numerous individual donors have generously given to conserve Clark Island, and in the spring of 2019, the project was awarded $1 million through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Wetlands Grant Program.
“I’m excited to see that the Department of the Interior understands just how special Clark Island is—and how important it is to protect it,” says Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. “Clark Island is a wonderful treasure on Maine’s coast and is readily accessible to the general public.”
MCHT has $1.1 million left to raise by April of 2020. “We still have a way to go in the effort to conserve Clark Island,” says MCHT’s Director of Land Protect Betsy Ham, “but given the enthusiasm and generosity we’ve seen so far, I’m hopeful.”
If you would like to join in the effort to conserve Clark Island, give today—every dollar counts.