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Third Thursdays—Previous Sessions

Bringing the Maine coast to you

Enjoy this archive of the 2022 Third Thursday presentations, offered on Zoom throughout the year. Whether it’s access to the water, building resilience to climate change, working with your community leaders, or supporting your local land trust—there’s so much to talk about!

Owls Head Harbor parkOwls Head Harbor: A Little Bit of Access Makes a Big Difference

Presented April 20, 2023

Beginning with the donation of a small waterfront parcel, Maine Coast Heritage Trust staff worked with the Midcoast town of Owls Head over four years to create a waterfront park owned and managed by the town with hand-carry access for small boats and a parking lot to ensure that this picture-perfect harbor has public access forever.

Presented by: Jeremy Gabrielson, MCHT Senior Conservation and Community Planner, and Amanda Devine, MCHT Regional Steward Manager.

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mcht-2-19442124_10155180819910310_8164464621134254006_o_101551808199103102022 Conservation Highlights and a Look Ahead at 2023

Presented March 16, 2023

Join us to hear why 2022 was such a great year for the Maine coast. You’ll learn about the broad range of MCHT’s conservation work that encompasses habitat and marsh restoration; making the coast more resilient to climate change; expanding community access; and providing leadership and support for Maine’s local land trusts.

Presented by: MCHT President and CEO Kate Stookey and Director of Land Protection Betsy Ham.

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square Sipp Bay kayak smA Paddler’s Paradise: MCHT Preserves for Kayakers

Presented Nov. 17, 2022

Three of our regional staff members guide you on a virtual trip down the coast to visit many of MCHT’s paddle-friendly preserves. Get tips on campsites for an island overnight or nearby destinations for a perfect day trip. There’s something here for everyone – inspiring scenery guaranteed for non-paddlers too!

Presented by: MCHT Regional Land Stewards Amanda Devine and Kyle Winslow, and Project Manager Bob DeForrest.

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Harvest Time: Addressing Food Insecurity at Erickson Fields

Presented on Thursday, October 20, 2022

Last year, MCHT staff and volunteers grew 23,235 pounds of produce at Erickson Fields Preserve. Wow. Almost all of it was donated to local hunger relief organizations. High school students, local families, health educators, and so many more are part of this effort every year. Get ready to be inspired!

Presented by: Aaron Englander, Erickson Fields Program Manager; Joelle Albury, Outreach Manager at Erickson Fields & Aldermere Farm; Deidre Dority, Community Wellness Program at Pen Bay Medical Center

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Climate Change & Coastal Resiliency: It’s Happening in Your Own Backyard

Presented on Thursday, September 15, 2022

Climate change, sea-level rise, marsh migration… there’s a lot to know! Join us for a close-up look at the Maine coast and the work MCHT is doing right now to make the coast more resilient for the future.

Presented by: Jeremy Gabrielson, Senior Conservation & Community Planner 

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Welcoming the Alewives Home: Unusual Partners Join Together on the Bagaduce River

Presented on June 16, 2022

These tiny fish inspired a group of passionate individuals, three Maine towns, and several organizations to work together to restore fish passage in the Bagaduce River watershed. The happy ending? This important species can now return to its traditional spawning grounds on the Bagaduce. This is a great story!

Presented by: Ciona Ulbrich, MCHT Project Manager and Mike Thalhauser, Collaborative Management Specialist, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

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Aldermere Farm

MOO! Behind the Scenes at Aldermere Farm

Presented on Thursday, May 19, 2022

Learn about this beloved Rockport landmark, the Belted Galloway cattle who call it home, and the wealth of community programming that happens on this beautiful farm. And pssst: some members of the herd make a special appearance!

Presented by: Heidi Baker, Aldermere Farm General Manager; the Aldermere staff; and several cows.

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Conservation Successes in 2021: The Year of the Island!

Presented on Thursday, April 21, 2022

Meet Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s new president and CEO, Kate Stookey. She kicks off our Third Thursday series with an inspiring look at the work accomplished for the coast in 2021. Highlights include seven amazing islands along with some incredible mainland properties. You’ll get a personal update on the work our land stewards have done to ready these properties for the public while carefully caring for the land.

Hosted by: Tom Armstrong, Chair, MCHT Board of Directors and Kate Stookey, MCHT President and CEO

Presented by: Betsy Ham, Director of Land Protection; Jane Arbuckle, Director of Stewardship

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