Maine

Upper Cold Stream Falls in Maine's Northern ForestPhoto credit:  Jerry Monkman

From majestic mountains and unspoiled forests to picturesque downtowns and scenic coastlines, Maine draws people in with its unique quality of place. The Trust for Public Land is dedicated to preserving Maine's celebrated landscapes through our community- first conservation efforts. Our work helps the state thrive economically by attracting residents, businesses, and tourists.

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Cold Stream, Maine

For over a hundred and fifty years, the people of The Forks region have based their livelihood on working forests.  Cold Stream Forest is now part of Maine's Public Reserve Lands system.

Bayside Trail, Portland, Maine

The Trust for Public Land is joining forces with Portland Trails and the city of Portland to spearhead creation of the Portland Open Space Vision and Implementation Plan, a system-wide plan for future open-space protection and improvement.

Knight's Pond and Blueberry Hill, Maine

In the suburbs of Portland, Maine, residents of Cumberland and North Yarmouth use Knight's Pond and Blueberry Hill for outdoor recreation year-round.

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Big Six Forest, Maine

The Trust for Public Land is working in partnership with state agencies and maple syrup producers to protect the Big Six Forest, among the largest sources of maple syrup in the United States, with a 23,000-acre conservation easement.

Black Duck Cove, Maine. Photo: Jerrry&Marcy Monkman/EcoPhotography.com

In 2006, TPL acquired an option on an eight-acre former lobster pound at Black Duck Cove that will be used for applied marine research, a public hatchery, a business incubator and a marine education facility.

Branch Lake, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

For over 80 years, the Fenn family owned more than 1,100 acres spanning 3.5 miles of shoreline along Branch Lake, the singular source of drinking water for Ellsworth, eastern Maine's largest coastal city.

This 13 acres of woodland in Portland's Back Cove neighborhood has been used for decades by the public. The Trust for Public Land helped protect the land as a new park for Portland.

Clark Farm, Maine

Located just 20 minutes outside downtown Portland, the Clark Farm and
Forest is a natural gem in an increasingly developed setting. 

Cold Stream, Maine

For over a hundred and fifty years, the people of The Forks region have based their livelihood on working forests.  Cold Stream Forest is now part of Maine's Public Reserve Lands system.

Crocker Mountain, Maine

A stone's throw away from Sugarloaf Ski Resort, Maine's most popular ski area, the Crocker Mountain property buffers more than ten miles of the Appalachian Trail, making it a prime location for second home residential development. 

Grafton Notch, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Descending to the southeast from the 4,180-foot crest of Old Speck
Mountain, one of Maine's highest peaks, the Grafton Notch project
forever protects 3,688 acres of stunning landscape in one of New
England's premier hiking areas.

Southern and Coastal Maine Program. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Our projects in the Gulf of Maine Watershed range from small but essential coastal access properties to the top priorities of our National Wildlife Refuge System.

When the lone public access point to popular Higgins Beach in Scarborough was up for sale, TPL negotiated agreements with the landowners, purchased the properties, and conveyed both to the Town of Scarborough.

Highland Farm, Maine

Less than nine miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Highland Farm offers panoramic views of the upper reaches of the tidal York River and its pristine salt marshes. In 2008, a plan emerged to subdivide Highland Farm into 37 housing lots.

Enjoying dessert at Holbrook's Wharf and Lobster Grille in Cundy's Harbor, ME

For almost 150 years, Holbrook's Wharf has helped define the community of Cundy's Harbor, Maine. When the wharf's longtime owners needed to sell, the community feared loss of waterfront access for local fishermen, and the demise of the local gathering place.

Indian Cellar, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

When a developer proposed subdividing this pristine,
one-mile stretch along the Saco River into a dozen high-priced house lots,
residents of Hollis banded together.

Katahdin Ironworks, Maine. Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Club

In 2003, TPL assisted the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in purchasing the Katahdin IronWorks property as the first project in AMC's MaineWoods Initiative.

Katahdin Lake, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Pristine and scenic Katahdin Lake has been coveted by conservationists for generations. Since 1921, when Maine Governor Percival Baxter identified the Lake as a critical piece of the Park that bears his name, this parcel of old growth forests and dramatic vistas had eluded all conservation efforts.

Knight's Pond and Blueberry Hill, Maine

In the suburbs of Portland, Maine, residents of Cumberland and North Yarmouth use Knight's Pond and Blueberry Hill for outdoor recreation year-round.

Maine CommunityScape Initiative

Our Maine CommunityScape Initiative seeks to break down barriers that have traditionally kept neighboring towns and cities from working together to protect and enhance the state's "quality of place."

Northern Forest Program, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

The Trust for Public Land is currently working on several projects to protect Maine's northern forests.

Millinocket Forest, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

In March 2011, The Trust for Public Land protected two working forest properties totaling more than 7,000 acres in the Millinocket region of Maine, just east of the iconic Baxter State Park, where TPL protected Katahdin Lake in 2006.

Mount Blue, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

In December 2001, The Trust for Public Land helped the Department of Conservation acquire 2,468 acres as an addition to Mt. Blue State Park.

Crocker Mountain, Maine

We helped protect the 6,000-acre Orbeton Stream property with a conservation easement ensuring a continued source of sustainably managed and certified forest products and safeguarding public access for fishing, hiking, paddling, and hunting.

Bayside Trail, Portland, Maine

The Trust for Public Land is joining forces with Portland Trails and the city of Portland to spearhead creation of the Portland Open Space Vision and Implementation Plan, a system-wide plan for future open-space protection and improvement.

Penobscot Valley, Maine. Photo: A.J. Whitney

Between March 2007 and June 2009, twelve Penobscot Valley communities collaborated to address land use and conservation on a regional scale.

Portland Bayside Trail, Maine. Photo: Jerry&Marcy Monkman

A former railroad corridor, the Portland Bayside Trail is being transformed into a greenway through Bayside, helping to redefine the public character and future of Portland, Maine.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

Located along 50 miles of coastline in York and Cumberland counties, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most significant networks of conservation land in southern coastal Maine.

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Maine

Only four practicing members of the Shaker religion are alive today—all living at the 1,700-acre Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Forest and Farm located 20 miles north of Portland, Maine.

Lakes Region Greenprint, Maine

The Sebago Lake Region Community Greenprint identifies the places most important to quality of life in Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond, and Sebago.

Seboeis Lake, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

TPL helped protect land including 12 miles of frontage on Seboeis Lake and Northwest Pond and another 4.8 miles of island shoreline.

Northern Forest Program, Maine. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

By helping protect land around the south section of Seboeis Lake, The Trust for Public Land has protected  99 percent of the 45-miles of lakeshore and created an anchor to Maine's largest contiguous block of conservation land—more than half a million acres.

Stowe Mountain, Maine. Photo: Sam Hodder

In January 2010 TPL helped purchase of a conservation easement on the 3,363 property on Stowe Mountain, Maine.

Timber Point, Maine

Timber Point was one of the last large, privately-owned properties along the 50-mile coastline between Cape Elizabeth and Kittery.

views from Tumbledown Mountain, Maine

With help from The Trust for Public Land, Maine's Department of Conservation permanently protected roughly 11,800 acres around Tumbledown Mountain in December 2002.

Tumbledown Mountain-Mount Blue. Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

In 2001, TPL began working with the Tumbledown Conservation Alliance and the Maine Department of Conservation in a multiyear effort to protect nearly 30,000 acres of sweeping alpine vistas, popular hiking trails, and productive forests in one of the state's most well-loved mountain areas.