Big or small, Maine land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 4,578,260 football fields!
Maine land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
179 years old (1843)
17 years old (2005)
35 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Maine lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Maine's most pressing issues.
Addressing community needs: Blue Hill Heritage Trust works with Speaking Up for Us of Maine not only to make trails more accessible for those living with developmental and physical disabilities but to create volunteering opportunities. Chris DuPont, one such volunteer, who tracked the growth and development of several plants on the land trust's properties, said, "Being able to work outside and get exercise at the same time is a dream come true."Read more
Tackling climate change: Warmer winter temperatures in Maine have led to a population boom for the winter moth, an invasive species from Europe. The accredited Cape Elizabeth Land Trust worked with Maine Forest Service officials and landowners to band trees, which trap climbing caterpillars and stop the destructive bugs from laying eggs in the high branches of oak and maple trees, and to release parasitoid flies that feed on winter moths.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.