Midcoast Conservancy merger expands land protection

Jan 12, 2019
Joan Ray

Jan. 1 marked the official merger between Medomak Valley Land Trust and Midcoast Conservancy. As a result, Midcoast Conservancy now comprises conserved lands and trails stretching from Bristol in Lincoln County and Friendship in Knox County to Montville in Waldo County, as well as the watersheds of the Medomak and Sheepscot rivers and Damariscotta Lake.

Jody Jones, Midcoast Conservancy executive director, said, “We are thrilled about the scope and breadth of Midcoast Conservancy now that we have joined forces with MVLT. The numbers tell the story: 92 conservation easements, 55 preserves, 12,259 acres preserved and over 85 miles of trails are in our care now.

The expansion of the organization creates opportunities for both staff and volunteers, according to a press release. A celebration of the merger and recognition of Medomak Valley's cadre of volunteers is planned for Friday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 7 pm, at the MVLT office at 25 Friendship Road, Waldoboro.

Joan Ray, who has served as MVLT’s land conservation and stewardship director, joins Midcoast Conservancy as its lands manager.

“Having grown up in Damariscotta and seeing the numerous changes that have happened over the years in this region," Ray said, "I recognize the importance of protecting land to ensure that the things we care about remain into the future — land to hike on, places for animals to migrate and breed, clean water to support our local fisheries.

“The economies of scale engendered by this merger will enable us to conserve more land as well to as increase our water quality work and bring additional educational and recreational programs to the Medomak Valley watershed,” she said

Staff will be on hand Jan. 25 to talk with anyone interested in Midcoast Conservancy’s work caring for the lands and waters and how the organization gets families outdoors and active in the Midcoast. For more information, visit midcoastconservancy.org or call 389-5150.


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