The Schoodic to Schoodic Initiative
Together we can save one of the last places along the Eastern Seaboard where wildlife can roam to and from rocky shores and inland woods seeking food and refuge.
Seventy-five percent of Maine’s native plants and animals are vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. As temperatures warm, these threatened species will have to move significant distances to survive, but too often development makes this impossible.
Over the past several decades we’ve been working in partnership with Frenchman Bay Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, the State of Maine, and other partners to conserve key “stepping stones” of land between Donnell Pond Unit (state-conserved land surrounding Schoodic Mountain and Tunk Lake) and the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park (on the Schoodic Peninsula) to create a protected corridor for wildlife. Through over 60 conservation projects, MCHT and partners have conserved more than 55,000 acres from “Schoodic to Schoodic.” MCHT has played a role in three-quarters of those projects.
Still, the corridor is not sufficiently protected and critical lands are under threat of development.
Additional conservation of this connected landscape means wildlife will have a greater chance of finding food and hospitable places to live in the coming decades. It will also allow for range shifts in plant life, which is critical to keeping ecosystems healthy and making Maine more resilient to climate change impacts.
Your support today will help further protect this critical wildlife corridor and the life that depends upon it.
Key Components of the Initiative
Habitat Protection and Connectivity
The Schoodic to Schoodic corridor includes one of the largest blocks of minimally fragmented wildlife habitat left in Maine’s coastal zone. Interconnected streams, wetlands, and large blocks of upland forest allow wide-ranging mammals, wading birds, and waterfowl to move unimpeded through various habitats.
Protection of scenic resources throughout the Schoodic corridor and adjacent to Acadia National Park holdings is a priority of our conservation efforts.
Recreation and Access
MCHT is working to develop outdoor recreational opportunities such as hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, and paddling.
Community and Land Use
Members of the MCHT staff are working with conservation partners on a community engagement plan to engage municipal and local leaders and to identify specific projects and goals that will address other community needs.
Give to create a Schoodic Wildlife Corridor
Want more information? Please contact:
Director of Engagement
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Mt. Desert Island Office
1034 Main Street
Somesville, ME 04660