Landmark Heritage Trust is a non-profit land trust serving central Maine in the towns of Carmel, Dixmont, Etna, Hermon, Hampden, Monroe, Newburgh, and Winterport. Our mission is to protect open space and the area's agricultural, scenic, historical, and recreational resources. We encourage conservation of natural resources by fostering environmental awareness through education, and preservation of open space through conservation easements, donations of land, and other resources.
Landmark Heritage Trust is open to everyone and we are always looking for new members, especially people interested in helping by volunteering their time and expertise. All are welcome to attend our meetings to learn more about this local land trust:
Projects In The Works:
We are currently awaiting a go-ahead to work on two potential holdings in our area. We believe that both properties would be terrific additions to our stable of holdings.
Recently the Monroe Elementary School discovered a newly formed beaver pond on their property, no more than a short 10-15 minute walk behind the school. This gave the school reason to improve and enlarge its nature trails to include bridges and a teaching platform adjacent to the beaver pond. This will allow the children wonderful outdoor learning experiences, where they can observe and learn about the beaver's ecosystem. Since the Landmark Heritage Trust is always seeking innovative ways to publicize our mission statement, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to support this project after Matthew Houghton (Principal of the Monroe Elementary School) presented an overview to those who attended the LHT Annual Meeting in October of 2012. After his presentation, Board Members offered to volunteer their time and expertise in bringing this project to fruition.
We have recently observed male woodcocks looking for congenial female woodcocks in a field near the Northern Pond Natural Area in Monroe. Woodcock courtship displays are fun to watch and to listen to, so we scheduled the evening of April 20th (a Saturday) to observe how male woodcocks seach for a mate. Meet at the NPNA parking lot at 7 pm, then we'll walk to a nearby field where we have seen them. Dress as if it's the middle of winter because April evenings tend to be cold and raw, especially as dusk sets in. Bring a flashlight if you want. If the weather should be merely misty or drizzling, this outing will still go on. If it is raining, it will be postponed to the 21st (a Sunday), same time. For more information, call Don Phillips (see number below). We plan to have a simple dessert potluck at Joan & Tom Cheetham's house afterwards.
New NPNA Trail Guide:
The Monroe Conservation Commission has updated its two-sided NPNA Trail Guide, and invites readers to download a colored copy for your use. Find it on the Properties page.
The LHT Board of Directors voted acceptance of a 4th holding in the Town of Winterport on August 24, 2011. The most attractive feature of this property is the river frontage along Cove Brook, a historic Atlantic Salmon spawning stream. We will be becoming more familiar with this property over the next few weeks, so we urge you to click in to this site regularly. Until then, check out a photo we took of it this summer which you'll find on the Properties page.
Landmark Heritage Trust was founded in 1992 as a charitable non-profit land trust in Maine. We currently operate in southern Penobscot and northern Waldo Counties.