Dear Friend,
You and others in the Maine Coast Heritage Trust community have been very much on my mind lately. While I don’t know exactly what you’re going through right now, I know it’s a lot, and my heart goes out to you.

Maybe like me you’re grasping for a sense of certainty wherever you can get it. I don’t know how this pandemic will play out—none of us knows—but there’s one thing I’m able to promise you: the land we’ve protected together will still be here when we are on the other side of this. And, in the midst of so much uncertainty, we continue to protect and care for land along this coastline we love. In fact, since MCHT staff started working remotely two weeks ago, we’ve conserved four more incredible places on the coast—work that is only possible because of you.

Here’s another thing I know for sure: the land you help protect and care for has been a powerful source of connection and relief for so many Mainers over these past few weeks. I can’t thank you enough.

To help people safely get outside right now, we’re continually monitoring the situation and updating guidelines on our website. While events have been cancelled and postponed, and we’ve suspended cabin rentals indefinitely, MCHT preserves remain open.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be regularly delivering comfort and inspiration from the Maine coast to your inbox—including dispatches from our staff working in the field, inspiring words and imagery, calming videos from the Maine coast, and updates on the good work you’re making possible.

Now I’m happy to share with you the first in a series of Coastal Moments—short, soothing videos from MCHT preserves and other beautiful places on the coast.
As I write this, spring’s returning to the lands we’ve conserved together. The ground is thawing and buds are swelling on branches; weary migrating birds are stopping over for rest and food; the tide keeps coming in and going out.

The Maine coast is still here for you—and, together with you, we’re still working to protect it.

With best wishes and deep gratitude,
Tim Glidden 
Maine Coast Heritage Trust