SMCC Member Organizations

SMCC Member Conservation Organizations are committed to conserving “Maine’s Special Places” and enriching the lives and well-being of our communities. To learn more about the trails, bikeways, and waterways these organizations conserve and the work they do to the benefit of our communities, please click on the individual organization’s website links below.

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Learn more about our Member Organizations:

SMCC Member Conservation Organizations

Biddeford Pool Land Trust

Mission: The mission of the BPLT is to conserve and manage its properties and easements to benefit the natural environment and provide low-impact and respectful access for the general public.

Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust

Mission: Our purpose is to preserve and protect the intrinsic values and public benefits of the natural resources in the Towns of Chebeague and Cumberland – mainland, island and contiguous Casco Bay – and to be responsible stewards in perpetuity for those resources in our trust.

Geographic Area: Cumberland, Chebeague Island

City of Saco Conservation Commission

Mission: The Conservation Commission is an advisory board to the City Council, the Planning Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals on issues dealing with the environment.

The Commission conducts research into local land use and makes recommendations to assist in preservation and enhancement of natural resources of the City. The Commission also provides environmental and technical assistance during the review of development proposals and the development of new land use ordinances.

Geographic Area: Saco

Eastern Trail Alliance

Mission: The mission of the Eastern Trail Alliance is to build, maintain, and promote the use of the Eastern Trail, a recreation and transportation greenway from Casco Bay to the Piscataqua River in Kittery, Maine. We do this by inspiring individuals and private and public organizations to partner with us to support this incomparable resource.

Geographic Area: Southern Maine

Friends of Scarborough Marsh

Mission: Established in 2000, we are an all-volunteer group dedicated to the conservation, protection, restoration, and enhancement of the Scarborough Marsh.

Geographic Area: Scarborough

Francis Small Heritage Trust

Mission: The Francis Small Heritage Trust works to conserve wildlife habitat, forests, and farms and to protect watersheds in northern York and far southern Oxford counties, for the purposes of environmental education, passive public recreation, and conservation.

Geographic Area: Northern York and far southern Oxford counties

Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust

Mission: To protect the traditional ecological and recreational values of wilderness, wildlife and undisturbed scenic beauty that is most often associated with the Appalachian Trail in Maine.

Geographic Area: Land around the Appalachian Trail in Maine

Maine Audubon

Mission: Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action.

Geographic Area: Southern and Western Maine

Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay

Mission: To facilitate the conservation of wild or undeveloped open space, scenic areas, and historic landmarks in the Casco Bay region, to foster low-impact and respectful access to such resources and to enhance the cultural, economic and civil well-being of its residents and visitors.

Geographic Area: Islands of Portland, Long Island, Chebeague Island

Portland Trails

Mission: Portland Trails is a nonprofit land trust that preserves green space for public access and connects people with places.

Geographic Area: Greater Portland

Saco Bay Trails


Saco Bay Trails mission is to create and maintain this network of trails and to promote its acceptance and use by the public.  We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and maintaining recreational trails in the Saco Bay Area.

We envision a permanent network of free, easily accessible, well maintained, well marked and well publicized trails, which people with a broad range of abilities can use and enjoy.

Geographic Area: Saco, Maine

Saco Valley Land Trust

Mission: The Saco Valley Land Trust works to preserve scenic, historic, recreational and environmental resources in the Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach area by acquiring interests in land; protecting open space, scenic areas & water quality, wildlife, and plant habitat for the public good.

Geographic Area: Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach, York County, Maine

Scarborough Land Trust

Mission: The acquisition, preservation, and management of unique land within Scarborough for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

Geographic Area: Scarborough

Three Rivers Land Trust

Mission: To preserve and protect forever such valued natural resources as lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, agricultural lands, woodlands, historic sites, scenic places and wildlife habitat, in the inland municipalities of York County, Maine

Geographic Area: Acton, Alfred, Lebanon, Sanford/Springvale, Shapleigh

Portland Water District

Mission: The Portland Water District’s mission is to protect public health, safety, and the environment by providing our customers first-class water, wastewater, and related services.

Geographic Area: Greater Portland

Appalachian Mountain Club – Maine

Mission: The Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment and stewardship of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. We believe that mountains, forests, and waters have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, appreciate, and understand the natural world.

Geographic Area: State of Maine

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Mission: Protecting the character of Maine for Future Generations.

Geographic Area: Coastal Maine for land protection; the entire state of maine for the Maine Land Trust Network

Maine Farmland Trust

Mission: The mission of Maine Farmland Trust is to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming.

Geographic Area: State of Maine

Maine Island Trail Association

Mission: The Maine Island Trail Association’s goal is to establish a model of thoughtful use and volunteer stewardship for the Maine islands that will assure their conservation in a natural state while providing an exceptional recreational asset that is maintained and cared for by the people who use it.

Geographic Area: Coastal Maine

Open Space Institute

Mission: We protect land that supports the things we can’t live without — like clean water, climate protection, and healthy communities – and safeguard the places that make life worth living, like parks for recreation and plant and animal hapitat.

Geographic Area: State of Maine

The Trust for Public Land – Maine

Mission: The Trust for Public Land helps communities raise funds, conduct research and planning, acquire and protect land, and design and renovate parks, playgrounds, trails, and gardens.

Geographic Area: State of Maine