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2022 Forever Campaign

By Amelia Graham

When HHLT takes on a new preserve or conservation easement, we commit to protecting that land…forever. That word shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s a big commitment for a small, one-town land trust.

At HHLT, we believe in forever. We want to ensure that someone will always be around to protect the wildlife and natural areas that make Harpswell so beautiful. But forever is hard to plan for. So, three years ago, HHLT started thinking seriously about how to provide for our properties in perpetuity.

Photo by Greg Tondreau

We created a Forever Campaign that would build our endowment—a nest egg to support our 17 properties and 25 conservation easements. Since then, members of the community have been contributing to this huge undertaking.

Then, last year, the Tondreau family approached HHLT about selling 57 acres on Great Island. The property has shoreline along two coves of Quahog Bay and plenty of upland wildlife habitat, too. The family has agreed to sell the property to HHLT for $500,000, which is a 70% discount on the appraised value.

The Tondreaus want to see their family property preserved forever. There’s that word again. It seemed like a natural fit to incorporate this property into our campaign, as it not only represents a family’s century-long ties to Harpswell, but it also adds a property to our list of responsibilities. Now our campaign has two interconnected goals: purchasing the Tondreau property to create a new preserve and growing our endowment for the future.

To reach these goals, HHLT needs to raise $2.065 million by the end of 2022. We’ve already raised over $1.5 million, and we can almost see the finish line. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us get this far! If you’re interested in donating toward this project, please click here. Thank you for protecting Harpswell forever!

June 2022