A Fund for Waldo Conservation
A Waldo County with abundant and exemplary open space that preserves the essence of this place.
Many of our most cherished open spaces and natural areas are under threat. Less than 10% of the 12 towns we serve in Waldo County have been conserved – much lower than the statewide average of 20%. Today, we have a window of opportunity to conserve a significant amount of the most vital opens spaces in Waldo County.
To establish a fund to conserve and steward land for wildlife, recreation, outdoor learning, and climate. With these funds, we will conserve properties of two types:
- Land within large ecologically significant areas (Focus Areas) that preserve the most diverse ecosystems in our region at a landscape-scale
- Special properties valued by our community, that provide for trails, access to lakes, rivers and the ocean, and spaces for outdoor learning.
For the first year of the Initiative, by April 2023, the Land Trust is seeking to raise an additional $250,000 to match the $450,000 already raised from grants, land donations, and private gifts for important projects across Waldo County. Funds raised will support 12 conservation projects that will protect approximately 495 acres including open space in the areas below: