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Writing the Land on Harpswell Preserves

My introduction to partnering writing with land trusts in a formal way was ushered in by an unexpected Barred Owl at the Oven’s Mouth Preserve in Edgecomb. As a lifelong writer, an announcement in the Maine Writer’s and Publisher’s Alliance newsletter seeking partnership between poets and land trusts in Maine caught my eye. I made… Read more

Anniversary Stories: Memories on Orr’s Island

Anniversary Stories: Memories on Orr’s Island

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
March 28, 2023

Dear HHLT, I am forever grateful to my uncle Russell Houghton and my cousins Allan and Patty Graves for donating a portion of the Royal Rest property on Orr’s Island to your organization. Knowing that the Houghton Graves Park is forever protected from development means so much to myself and my family. I can’t even… Read more

Profile: Sam Alexander

Profile: Sam Alexander

Tim McCreight
March 9, 2022

Sam Alexander, Sr. knows Harpswell pretty well, which is not surprising since he’s spent most of his three score and ten years here (so far). His ancestor, William Alexander, was one of the first persons of European descent to live here, moving from Topsham after his father was killed in a raid by Native Americans… Read more

From grandfather to granddaughter, a fishing tradition continues in Harpswell

Originally published in the Harpswell Anchor “My great-great-grandfather’s boat blew into Cundy’s Harbor in a storm and he decided to stay.” That’s Rob Watson describing how his family ended up there back in the 1850s. The Watsons have run the general store in Cundy’s Harbor since Rob’s grandfather, who worked in the saltfish business, founded… Read more

Stories of Change Recordings

See below for video recordings of past webinars in our 2021 “Stories of Change” series. Rockweed Research from the Bottom up with Hannah Webber Click here to watch a webinar recording from October 26, 2021.   Rockweed, Ascophyllum nodosum, covers much of the rocky intertidal in Maine; it is ecologically and economically important. This talk… Read more

Love for ‘nature’s beauty and majesty’ drives family’s desire to conserve Great Island woods

Originally published by the Harpswell Anchor A family’s decision to forgo a payday from developers and instead offer their Great Island woodlands to the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust at a $1.1 million discount stems from a commitment to conservation and a generational connection to the land. “Virgin pine forest and coastal land are no longer… Read more

Amara Ifeji: Youth Activist

Tim McCreight
May 4, 2021

Amara Ifeji was recently named a National Geographic Young Explorer, a prestigious group of 24 young activists from around the world who have been recognized for their leadership in environmental advocacy. She won Best in Category at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair and first place in her category at the Maine State Science… Read more