Conserving the Maine Coast

An aerial view of a kayak on the shore of Little Whaleboat Island in Maine’s Casco Bay. Low tide.

The Maine Coast is an amazing place, rich with wildlife, seafood, and some of the most dramatic landscapes in New England. And it’s beloved by millions from around the world, which makes ocean front property much sought after and expensive. Conserving some of that property is important not only from an ecological perspective, but also so the public can retain access to this important resource. One of my regular clients, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust has been conserving land here for more than 50 years.

Recently I visited a pair of their projects in the Brunswick, Maine area. The first was Little Whaleboat Island in Casco Bay, which was a 20 minute boat ride away from the dock in South Freeport. A beautiful, remote island with several camping spots open to the public, Little Whaleboat is still in the process of being conserved in order to retain that public access. You can read more about the project here: https://www.mcht.org/conservation-work/initiative/the-little-whaleboat-island-project/.

An aerial view of kayakers paddling around Little Whaleboat Island in Maine’s Casco Bay.
Paddling off shore of Little Whaleboat Island in Maine’s Casco Bay.
A woman enjoys a brew from the Maine Beer Company on the shore of Little Whaleboat Island in Maine’s Casco Bay.

Shout out to Maine Beer Company for coming out to model for me, but more importantly for donating $50,000 to the efforts to conserve Little Whaleboat – bravo!

Aerial view of the Woodward Point Preserve and the New Meadows River.

Another property I photographed for the trust is their newly minted Woodward Point Preserve, just a few minutes from downtown Brunswick. It has some beautiful views of the New Meadows River and some great trails that explore hay fields, forests, and the coastline.

Girls explore the Woodward Point Preserve on the New Meadows River in Brunswick, Maine.
A hay wagon in a field at the Woodward Point Preserve in Brunswick, Maine.
Girls running in a field as the sun sets at the Woodward Point Preserve in Brunswick, Maine.
Early morning on the shores of the New Meadows River at the Woodward Point Preserve in Brunswick, Maine.

Let me know if you have any questions about these places, and if you want to check out more of my Maine Coast photos, you can start with my Maine Coast gallery.

Cheers!
-Jerry

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