Mission: To conserve land and water of special ecological natural, agricultural, scenic, cultural, and recreational significance in blue hill, brooklin, brooksville, castine, penobscot, sedgwick, and surry, and to increase public understanding of the importance of land and water conservation.
Programs: The organization (1) worked with landowners in its service area to conserve lands with outstanding conservation values through fee acquisition or with conservation easements, completing eight such projects during 2014 (five fee acquisitions, three conservation easements) and advancing several others towards completion; (2) maintained relationships with the owners of the 67 conservation easements it holds on 3,555 acres; (3) managed the 3,216 acres of conservation land it owns in fee, ensuring that their conservation values are protected; (4) maintained for public use over 25 miles of walking trails on the properties it owns or monitors; (5) provided public natural history educational programs on its lands that were enjoyed by several hundred participants; (6)completed a merger process with a neighboring all volunteer land trust.
Blue Hill Heritage Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Blue Hill Heritage Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Blue Hill Heritage Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.