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The People Behind Harpswell Heritage Land Trust


Julia McLeod: Getting people to care

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren There have been numerous watershed events in the first 35 years of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT). Among them: The acceptance of a preservation easement on the historic […]

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Patty and Allan Graves: A gift from the generations before to the generations to come

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren Sitting around a table in the family home just up the hill from Houghton Graves Park on Orr’s Island, Allan and Patty Graves want to make one thing […]

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Trail Design and Building: Creating Journeys in Nature for Visitors

By Andrea Stevens Perhaps you have enjoyed a hike at our Long Reach Preserve, zig-zagging up and down slopes through the oak-pine forests and crossing the sponge-like peat of the shrub bog in the valley. Or maybe you have followed the timber bridges through the wetland forest at Curtis Farm, eventually reaching the stunning scenery […]

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Rich Knox: Four-Season Island Stewardship

By Doug Warren Only three wooded acres in size and surrounded by Middle Bay mud flats at low tide, Crow Island might not seem like much to the casual observer. But to Rich Knox, the tiny island has always been “the bees’ knees.” That’s what Rich’s kids called Crow Island when he would take them […]

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Keith Brown: A guy who gets things done

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren Even at 81, Keith Brown is the kind of guy who likes to get things done. Case in point: As a visitor is about to leave his Hildreth […]

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Paige Mangum: A lasting impact on HHLT

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren Over the course of 35 years, for both affairs of the heart and for land trusts, there will be people who come and go, and those that have […]

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Bob Weggel: Leaving a legacy

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren Supporters of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) have brought an amazing array of talents to aid the organization during its first 35 years. Lawyers and lobstermen, boatbuilders and […]

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Reed Coles: Leading HHLT to Success

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren In 2005, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust had reached a crossroads. After more than two decades of conserving property in town, HHLT had recently completed the highly successful Special […]

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Doc Phillips: A Consistent, Steady, Dedicated Presence

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren Walter “Doc” Phillips and his wife, Joan, were on the ferry to Islesboro back in the early 1990s when a fellow passenger told them about a nature camp […]

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Walter and Helen Norton: A Powerful Force for Conservation

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.  By Doug Warren Please note that this profile was written in fall of 2016 but it remains relevant today. Helen Norton continues to be a driving force for conservation. For decades, […]

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Spike Haible: The First Executive Director

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren As the first executive director (and first more-or-less fulltime employee) of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT), Thomas “Spike” Haible arrived at a pivotal point in the history of […]

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Chip Black: Building HHLT from the Ground up

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren You can see Chip Black’s handiwork throughout the 35-year history of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT). In fact, you could say that the long-time member of the […]

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Rebecca Stanley: Playing a vital role at key moments

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren Looking back at her time as co-chair of HHLT’s “Special Places Campaign,” which preserved Skolfield Shores and Johnson Field in the early 2000s, Rebecca Stanley recalls lots of […]

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Dave Hackett: Deep roots in Harpswell’s and HHLT’s history

One in a series of profiles of people who played a key role in the first 35 years of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. By Doug Warren Despite the underlying rocky ledges and the relatively thin layer of topsoil found throughout the town, roots run deep in Harpswell. For example, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) […]

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Ron Davis: Dedicated Trail Vounteer

For many of us, working at a desk eight hours a day, working outside is a joy and an antidote to looking at a computer screen. For Ron Davis, a retired Navy engineer and current piano tuner, building and maintaining Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) trails is a delightful way to enjoy nature and meet […]

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Mary Ann Nahf: Conservation Champion

Partner Profile: Mary Ann Nahf, Harpswell Conservation Commission By Victoria Boundy, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership All communities have their conservation champions. The Town of Harpswell is fortunate to have Mary Ann Nahf as one of theirs. Mary Ann moved to Maine in 2000 and joined the Conservation Commission a few years after that, in order […]

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Robin Brooks: Multi-talented Volunteer

By Doug Warren When he was about 10 years old, Robin Brooks cruised on a 56-foot sailboat from the mouth of the Connecticut River to Cutler, in far Downeast Maine. The trip made quite an impression. “After that, I always knew I wanted to live on the coast of Maine,” recalled Brooks, now 82. That […]

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Emma Levy: Engaging Youth with Nature and Harpswell

By Doug Warren “Nature, Community, Forever.” The motto of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) neatly ties up the organization’s core mission: connecting people with nature in lasting ways. “Forever” is the key concept, because, while legal agreements are binding, if successive generations lose touch with the natural world around them, all bets are off and […]

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Listen to Voices of Conservation

During winter 2017, Harpswell Coastal Academy students explored what conservation means through listening to community members who have made a difference in the conservation of nature, history, fisheries and more. The project was a collaboration of Harpswell Coastal Academy, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Holbrook Community Foundation, and it continued Harpswell Coastal Academy’s oral history […]

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David Brown: HHLT’s New President

During the summer of 2016, Dave Brown became president of HHLT, taking over from Charlie Johnson, who stepped down after eight years leading the organization. Dave writes: “I first became aware of Harpswell’s special combination of forest and ocean as a teenager when my family came to visit the log cabin my grandparents built on […]

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