Midcoast Conservancy protects and promotes healthy lands, waters, and communities through conservation, outdoor adventure, and learning.
History of Midcoast Conservancy
In 2016, four local land trusts and conservation organizations merged to become Midcoast Conservancy. Together, Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association and Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance created one of the largest regional conservation organizations in Maine, with over 7,200 acres of land conserved. Our focus area stretches from Montville to Newcastle to Westport Island, and includes the Damariscotta Lake watershed and the Sheepscot River watershed, along with their many tributaries.
As small land trusts faced uncertain and competing futures, we came together not only to become more efficient, but to do more for you and your community. Here are just a few examples of what we accomplished together since the merger:
- A cleaner Damariscotta Lake (click here to see how)
- More partners working with us to successfully restoring the Sheepscot River (click here for map of projects)
- More land protected (click here for an example)
- Major expansion of our work getting kids outdoors and active in your community (quadrupled programs offerings)
MVLT Merger update
We are working towards a new merger, this time with Medomak Valley Land Trust. Our goal is to have an even greater impact on clean water, land for wildlife and healthier communities.
- See map of how we fit together!
- See proposed staff – your 2019 TEAM who will make it happen
- See merger successes and next steps here
- Membership vote is scheduled for Annual Meeting in December (more information coming soon)