Tim Glidden ’74, President of Maine Coast Heritage Trust discusses the many roots of the burgeoning national land conservation movement lie in Maine. While federal ownership of public lands has defined the landscape of conservation in the West, private efforts by land trusts and others have shaped conservation in the East. From the origins of Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park to the vibrant local land trust movement in Maine today, the special character of the state is grounded in its conserved lands. For all the progress that has been achieved, vital conservation work remains to be done and the land trust movement faces greater challenges today than ever before.
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