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Living Messages: The Next 40 Years

If children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see, and our mission is to protect what is so special about Harpswell, then our young people are one of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s (HHLT) most precious resources. According to the Child Mind Institute, “the average-American child spends about 4 to… Read more

Harpswell Hiking Challenge 2023

Harpswell Hiking Challenge 2023

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
May 17, 2023

Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day with the Harpswell Hiking Challenge! Harpswell, Maine’s peninsula and 30+ islands have over 200 miles of coastline with beautiful views of Casco Bay and even Mount Washington. This is the 12th year for our hiking challenge. You can hike all the trails in one day or over the… Read more

Letter to the Community: Harpswell Coastal Academy

To the Harpswell community: Though we have submitted a press release about Harpswell Heritage Land Trust’s decision to respectfully decline the generous offer of the Harpswell Coastal Academy property, we wanted to follow that with a letter to you, the Harpswell community. We feel fortunate to be a one-town land trust. It allows us to… Read more

This Week in Harpswell: May 6-14, 2023

This Week in Harpswell: May 6-14, 2023

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
May 15, 2023

It was a beautiful week for our This Week in Harpswell photo project! Thank you to all 17 photographers who submitted 51 photos. Below is just a selection of all the photos we received. For more information about the project and to see past weeks, click here. Read more

New Law Expands Opportunities to Protect Maine’s Working Waterfront

Maine’s Land Trusts now Eligible to Hold Working Waterfront Protection Covenants By Rich Knox at the Island Institute A bill sponsored by Representative Morgan Rielly of Westbrook (LD 574: An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Working Waterfront Covenants) has been signed into law—greatly expanding opportunities for protecting Maine’s remaining working waterfronts. “Maine’s fishing industry accounts… Read more

Container Gardens for the Community

Container Gardens for the Community

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
May 2, 2023

Are you having more trouble bending over to get your hands in the dirt? Do your back and legs hurt a lot more than they used to when you spend time in the garden? Are the costs of plants making the idea of planting a garden harder? Yet you still long to Eat a cherry… Read more

Sharon Oehmig: A Steadfast Steward

By Phil Croteau The act of volunteering is a fantastic way to explore new interests, build communities, and form lasting relationships with like-minded individuals. In the case of Sharon Oehmig, volunteering with the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) to maintain the trails at Long Reach Preserve has opened numerous doors to other opportunities within HHLT… Read more

Harpswell Naturalist: The case for hunting

Originally published in the Harpswell Anchor I am a hunter. That statement might earn me a dirty look, even a request to leave the party, immediately! Much depends upon the company you keep and where you reside. We lived in England for many years, a country with a long tradition of wealthy landowners on expensive… Read more

Spring Birding Extravaganza 2023

Spring Birding Extravaganza 2023

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
April 12, 2023

One of the joys of spring is the return of birds of all shapes, sizes and colors. Who doesn’t love stepping outside to a chorus of birdsong or catching a glimpse of bright red or yellow in the trees? The new warmth of spring and the longer days draw birds to make their spring migration…. Read more