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.

25th

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

2014: Doug Sensenig becomes our second Executive Director upon Scott Dickerson's retirement (although Scott, winner of Maine Coast Heritage Trust's Espy Award this year, stays on as our Land Acquisition Coordinator).

2014: Our national accreditation is renewed!

 

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