Located in Burnham, Sebasticook Regional Land Trust’s 199-acre Albert J. Sousa Preserve is available for hiking, hunting, fishing, and snowshoeing. Visitors can explore the preserve’s open fields and dense forests en route to the scenic shores of the Sebasticook River.
This 124-acre Preserve stretches for a mile along the St. George River in Appleton. Access to the river is available for fishing and canoeing showcasing the river’s rips and a section of an historical canal. The woodlands offer opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing and hunting.
Jointly owned and managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Vinalhaven Land Trust, this 789-acre preserve surrounds a 360-acre tidal embayment on the west side of Vinalhaven. Visitors enjoy exploring the preserve on land from one of four hiking trailheads and on water via kayak or small boat.
Located in the town of Owls Head, Birch Point State Park features one of Maine’s most attractive crescent-shaped sand beaches. The park is a quiet place to swim, fish, observe wildlife, and enjoy the beauty of the Maine coast.
Located on Muscongus Bay, the Bremen Lobster Cooperative serves 24 lobster boats and provides income for 34 families in the area. With two piers, multiple buildings, cold storage for bait, ample parking, and fuel storage onsite, the facility is an important landing and lobster buying station for the area.
Rising above the western shore of Penobscot Bay, Camden Hills State Park encompasses more than 5,700 acres open for a variety of outdoor recreational activities. The park’s peaks and rocky ledges feature sweeping views of the Maine coast.
Clarry Hill is the centerpiece of a 500-acre Medomak Valley Land Trust conservation area that features a scenic hiking trail that offers ocean and mountain views – on a clear day you can see all the way to Mount Washington! Clarry Hill is also home to the region’s largest commercial blueberry fields and includes critical grassland habitat important to upland sandpipers.
Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site highlights one of the earliest sites of European settlement in North America. In 1677, Fort Charles, the first of three forts on the site was built. The remains of subsequent forts can be explored today. In addition, visitors will find spectacular coastal scenery, boat launching facilities, and a picnic area.
Pemaquid Watershed Association’s Crooked Farm Preserve is open to the public for walking, boating, hunting and fishing. A 3-mile trail system traverses the preserve’s 125 acres of forest, wetlands, open fields, high knolls, and ravines.
Located in Friendship, the Fishermen’s Heritage Lobster Co-op wharf services 40 lobster boats in a fishing harbor that is one of the busiest in the state. Over 60 families are supported in this community by the earnings from lobsters landed at the Co-op. LMF grant funds helped finance numerous improvements to the wharf.
The Friendship Lobster Cooperative wharf has been an important access point for the community since the 1800’s when coastal steamers and fishing boats unloaded there. With a large wharf, buildings which house offices, workshops, storage, and parking, the property is one of the most important fisheries access points in Friendship Harbor.
This 92-acre Coastal Mountains Land Trust preserve is located in Belfast along the banks of the Passagassawakeag River. The Head of Tide Preserve features two miles of hiking trails, a picnic area, and an educational permaculture garden. Visitors enjoy birdwatching and nature observation.
Located along the Cathance River, the town of Topsham’s Head of Tide Park is a partnership effort with the Bruswick-Topsham Land Trust. Visitors enjoy launching kayaks from the boat launch, exploring an eight-mile network of hiking trail that connects to adjacent conservation lands, fishing, picnicking, and observing resident wildlife.
Located in St. George, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s 20-acre High Island Preserve welcomes visitors to camp, picnic, hike, and take in spectacular views from its rugged shoreline. High Island is close to the mainland and in fair boating conditions is suitable for novice paddlers to visit after a short excursion across Tenants Harbor, a busy commercial fishing port.
The Isle au Haut Municipal multi-use pier directly benefits the island’s 15 commercial fishermen who land lobsters, halibut, scallops, and clams. The municipal pier is the island’s only public access point.
Located in North Haven, J.O. Brown & Son maintain the most heavily trafficked wharf on the island. LMF grant funds helped finance the following improvements: replacing an old wharf side with a wider and longer structure, replacing the ramp, installing a hoist and dedicating one side of the pier to commercial fishing uses.
Located in the heart of Sagadahoc County, the Kennebec River Estuary is a haven for hunters, anglers, and birdwatchers. A coalition of land trusts and government agencies have joined together to conserve more than 18,000 acres of land within this critical estuary that contains more than 20% of Maine’s tidal marshes.
Boothbay Region Land Trust’s 46-acre Lobster Cove Preserve features three miles of trails available for cross country skiing, hiking, and birdwatching, and ATV use. The preserve’s meadow is a popular spot for picnics and school outings.
Located in Bremen, the Maine Fresh Lobster property services about 10 lobster boats seasonally providing fuel, bait, and a point of sale for up to 19 lobstermen. LMF grant funds helped finance many improvements including: installing a holding tank with flowing seawater to grade and retail lobsters and expanding parking areas.
Located in Newcastle, the Midcoast Conservancy’s 70-acre Marsh River Preserve features a 0.9-mile nature trail that offers scenic overlooks of the river. The preserve’s beautiful salt marshes and mixed forests offer ideal habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Forming the heart of a 28-mile network of trails in Waldo County, the Midcoast Conservancy’s Northern Headwaters Preserve includes prime habitat for spawning salmon on the Sheepscot River. The preserve is open year round where visitors can hike, hunt, fish, snowshoe, and observe native wildlife.
The Pemaquid Fishermen’s Cooperative property is adjacent to Pemaquid Harbor in the town of Bristol. Approximately 50 fishing and harvesting families are supported by this property’s working waterfront access. LMF grant funds helped finance infrastructure investments such as maintenance of a state-of-the-art chilled seawater system.
Boothbay Region Land Trust’s 63-acre Penny Lake Preserve features a couple miles of family friendly trails, including one that is ADA handicapped accessible. The property’s wetlands attract many species of wildlife, including birds, turtles, beaver, deer, and an occasional moose.
The River-Link is a five-mile trail and wildlife corridor on the spine of the Boothbay Peninsula. Connecting multiple conservation lands, it begins at Dodge Point in Newcastle and heads south into Edgecomb offering opportunities to hike, snowshoe, hunt, birdwatch, and observe wildlife along the way.
Roberts Wharf property provides permanent commercial fishing access on Barter’s Island in the town of Boothbay. Accommodating up to 10 fishermen, this 1.9-acre property includes two pier structures, convenient deep water access, moorings, and gear storage space.
Located in Stockton Springs, this 100-acre park is located on a historical point at the mouth of the Penobscot River. The park features a sandy beach, two miles of gentle hiking trails, and ample opportunities to observe wildlife, including resident osprey and migratory shorebirds.
Located in Owls Head, the Ship to Shore Lobster Wharf serves more than 30 fishing boats with all-tide access, bait, fuel, parking, and two hydraulic winches with booms. There are roughly 100 families supported from the commercial fishing activities on the wharf. Landings at the wharf include lobster, but in the future the hope is to handle shrimp, scallops, crab, clams and worms.
The South Bristol Fisherman’s Co-op property is the single most important commercial fishing access point in Lincoln County, landing about 830,000 pounds of lobster and about 930,000 pounds of shrimp annually. Founded in 1972 by 12 local fishermen, the Co-op now serves roughly 40 boats and 70 fishermen.
Phippsburg Land Trust’s Sprague Pond Preserve includes 114 acres surrounding a nearly 10-acre spring-fed pond. Hikers can explore the pond’s shoreline and nearby forests, enjoying scenic views and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.
The Spruce Head Fishermen’s Cooperative is one of the most significant lobster landing sites on the coast of Maine and supports over 75 boats. Successful completion of this project not only secured working access for the fishermen, but benefited over 100 families who are supported by the revenue generated across this property.
Located in the town of Bath, this 96-acre Kennebec Estuary Land Trust Preserve features 3.5 miles of family-friendly hiking trails near the shores of the Kennebec River. Once an important trading spot for native Abenaki Indians, Thorne Head offers commanding views of the area and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, just minutes from downtown Bath.
On an island where nearly 50% of the year-round population earns a living from fisheries, the Vinalhaven Lobstermen’s Co-op is one of three important access properties in Carver’s Harbor. It serves about 60 boats, has 84 members, and supports 100 island families with income from the sale of lobsters and crabs.
Located in Unity, this 233-acre farm includes hayfields, cropland, a working woodlot , and a portion of the 47-mile Hills to Sea Trail. Conserved by the Sebasticook Region Land Trust, the farm is found along a six-mile section of the long-distance trail that offers scenic views of Unity and many opportunities to observe wildlife.