History

Coastal Mountains Land Trust was founded in 1986 by a small group of citizens intent upon preservation of Beech Hill in Rockport, a 572-acre property featuring critical scenic and ecological values--rolling blueberry barrens, forests, a historic stone house, and the most scenically unique summit of the Camden Hills.  A limited development conservation easement was designed to protect this important landmark of the western Penobscot Bay landscape, a very prominent launch for our land conservation program.

Beech nut photo1987:  Conservation easement on Beech Hill completed.

1988:  Second project completed: Thurlow Conservation Easement on Fernalds Neck.

1990:  Board of Directors launch proactive effort to plan, prioritize, and protect the most important conservation areas of the region.

1991:  Office rented in Rockport Village and Administrative Director hired, the first Land Trust staff person.

Mt. Battie photo1994: 105 acres on the summit and slopes of Mount Battie conserved by the Land Trust and added to the State Park.

1995:  Land Trust helps found and leads the Ducktrap Coalition to conserve the Ducktrap River Watershed.

1996:  Completed conservation projects total 1,000 acres.

1998:  Land Trust hires first Executive Director.

1999:  Completed conservation projects total 2,000 acres.

1999:  Conservation Lands Manager hired to lead stewardship of conservation lands.

2000:  Service region expands to include Belfast Bay watersheds through merger with former Belfast-Northport-Lincolnville Land Trust.

CMLT office photo2001:  Land Trust constructs and moves into its new office building in Camden.

2001:  Board adopts Conservation Plan for new Focal Areas--Bald and Ragged Mountains, Passagassawakeag Greenway--and hires Conservation Projects Manager to work with landowners on priority conservation projects.

2001:  Completed conservation projects total 3,000 acres.

2002:  Land Trust co-publishes with Aperture To Save a River, a book of photos and essays telling the conservation story of the Ducktrap Coalition, where 83% of the land along the river has been permanently conserved.

city opening photo2003:  Beech Hill Preserve acquired by collaboration of Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust and summit opened to the public.

2003:  Campaign for Passagassawakeag Greenway launched in Belfast area.

2003:  Land Trust receives Land Heritage Award from Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

2003:  Campaign for Bald and Ragged Mountains launched.

2003:  Completed conservation projects total 4,000 acres.

2004:  45% of the Passagassawakeag Greenway completed.

2005:  Completed conservation projects total more than 5,000 acres.

2006:  37% of Bald and Ragged Mountains in conservation.

CMLT office photo2007:  The restoration of Beech Nut is completed.

2008: Completed conservation projects total more than 6,000 acres.

2008: Land Trust becomes one of the first in the country to receive national accreditation.

2009: Completed conservation projects total more than 7,000 acres.

2009: Completed conservation projects total more than 8,000 acres, making us the third largest local/regional land trust in Maine by acreage conserved.

2010: CMP's donation to us of two preserves totaling 705 acres in Searsport, Stockton Springs, and Prospect is the largest land conservation transaction in our history.

2011: Begin our 25th Anniversary Year by completing a four-season trail on Ragged Mountain; we now offer 25 miles of public trails on our preserves.

2011: Completed conservation projects total more than 9,000 acres.

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