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Maine Island Trail Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The maine island trail association's goal is to establish a model of thoughtful use and volunteer stewardship for the maine islands that will assure their conservation in a natural state while providing an exceptional recreational asset that is maintained and cared for by the people who use it.

Programs: Trail management - management of all recreational use of certain islands located off the maine coast.

stewardship over certain islands off the maine coast under various contractual arrangements.

publication of the annual guidebook that is available only to members, as well as an educational newsletter, and education and outreach efforts to the general public.

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Rating: 5

The Maine Island Trail is one of the most well managed and well thought out land conservation projects I have ever encountered. By combining recreation and land management interests in a way that simultaneously preserves undeveloped coastline and gives people who pledge stewardship access to it they have truly made the coast of Maine a better place. MITA accomplishes all this by educating land owners, both private and Public, that there is real value in wilderness. By providing a financial link through voluntary membership fees between recreational users and land owners, MITA has forged sometimes unlikely relationships on the coast of Maine and facilitated community discussion about conservation that is long overdue. I know that there are several other organizations that have sprung up that use the ingenious MITA model of stewardship and conservation and hopefully there will be many more as MITA has proven it successful.