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 their work, please click on the individual organization’s website links below.

SMCC Member Conservation Organizations

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saco Bay Trails

Mission:

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

Sierra Club-Maine Chapter

Mission: Our mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet.

Geographic Area: State of Maine

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

Wild Seed Project

Mission: Wild Seed Project works to increase the use of native plants in all landscape settings in order to conserve biodiversity, encourage plant adaptation in the face of climate change, safeguard wildlife habitat, and create pollination and migration corridors for insects and birds.

Geographic Area: State of Maine