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Third Thursdays with Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Bringing the Maine coast to you

Join us online on the third Thursday of the month for a look at the work our donors make possible. Whether it’s access to the water, resilience to climate change, working with your community leaders, or supporting your local land trust—there’s so much to talk about!

Sessions are presented by members of the MCHT board, staff, and partner organizations who are out there every day, working together, to make the work happen. There’s plenty of time at the end of each session to answer your questions.

The History of Malaga Island
Thursday, May 18, 2023
4:00 – 5:00 pm

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Maine State Archivist Kate McBrien joins us for close look at the history of the Phippsburg island that was home to a mixed-race fishing community from the mid-1800s to 1912. That changed when the state of Maine forcibly evicted the residents for reasons of racism and the perceived negative effects on the growing tourism trade in the area. Join us for an in-depth presentation about the people who lived here and what happened to them.

Presented by Maine State Archivist Kate McBrien with MCHT’s Stewardship Manager Amanda Devine and Southern Maine Outreach Manager, Maggie Cozens.

Historic photo-Malaga family square

The Rivers Initiative: Habitat Restoration on the Narraguagus River
Thursday, June, 2023
4:00 – 5:00 pm

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MCHT’s Rivers Initiative is a coast-wide revitalization effort protecting land along priority rivers, supporting collaborative restoration efforts, creating recreational and economic opportunities, and bringing more life back to the Gulf of Maine. In this Third Thursday presentation, we’ll give you an inside look at the current work happening along the Narraguagus River to restore this vital fish habitat.

Presented by MCHT Project Manager Jacob van de Sande and Chris Federico, Executive Director and Habitat Restoration Manager for Project SHARE.

Fish Restoration

An Update from Augusta: Conservation News in the Legislature
Thursday, September 21, 2023
4:00 – 5:00 pm

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As part of MCHT’s Maine Land Trust Program, Senior Public Policy Manager Jeff Romano advocates for policies that further our land conservation efforts along Maine’s coast and legislation that supports the inspiring work of all land trusts throughout the state. Join us for a recap of the conservation issues being debated in the Maine legislature this year. With a conservation partner, Jeff will summarize the legislative session, provide some behind-the-scenes details, and answer your questions.

Presented by Jeff Romano, Senior Public Policy Manager.


Aldermere Farm: A Virtual Barn Tour
Thursday, October 19, 2023
4:00 – 5:00 pm

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Big things are happening at Aldermere Farm in Rockport! This unique MCHT preserve is a working farm and home to the herd of Belted Galloway cattle. The wealth of programming at Aldermere Farm serves so many from community kids, the local food pantry, Maine farmers, and others. We can’t wait to tell you all about it and take you on a virtual tour of the new barn—part of MCHT’s $3.8 million Aldermere & Erickson Campaign. And yes, you’ll get to meet some of the famous “Oreo cookie” cows!

Presented by Farm Preserve Director Heidi Baker, the 4-H kids, and a few bovine friends.

calves at Aldermere Farm

The Land Trust Program: Statewide Support
Thursday, November 16, 2023
4:00 – 5:00 pm

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MCHT runs the Land Trust Program, dedicated to strengthening all of Maine’s land trusts. A win for one land trust is a win for us all! You’ll get to meet the new Director of the Land Trust Program and learn about the Maine Land Trust Network, the annual Maine Land Conservation Conference, funding opportunities distributed through the program, and more. As always, there will be plenty of time for your questions.

Presented by our new Land Trust Program Director and Land Trust Program Coordinator, Donna Bissett. (Our current LTP Director, Warren Whitney, retires in May.)


View the recordings of previous 2022 Third Thursday presentations.


The Maine Coast Heritage Trust staff is here for you. If you ever have any questions about MCHT preserves, projects in your community, or what we’re working on, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Nicky Blanchard, Director of Engagement

Kristen Eaton, Associate Director of Marketing & Community Relations