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March 17, 2021

Maine Coast Heritage Trust president will step down in December

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide conservation nonprofit that recently raised $130 million for public land acquisition, will soon change leadership.

MCHT President Tim Glidden, 69, will retire at the end of 2021 after a 10-year tenure in the position, according to a news release Wednesday. 

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Tim Glidden, who is retiring as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust

MCHT Board Chair Tom Armstrong said the board of directors is embarking on a national search to identify Glidden’s successor.

“Tim’s vision and expertise have been instrumental to an era of significant growth at Maine Coast Heritage Trust,” Armstrong said in the release. "Tim’s leadership — even through this unprecedented year of COVID-19 — leaves MCHT in a strong financial position, with a highly skilled staff and thousands of energized supporters.”  

Glidden said, “Over 50 years ago, MCHT’s founders had the vision to realize that the health and integrity of the Maine coast were at risk from rampant unplanned development and the loss of public access to the shore. We’ve made incredible progress in addressing those threats, but there’s so much more work to be done.

“I am confident that MCHT is embarking on its next half-century with renewed purpose and urgency in its mission to keep the Maine coast healthy, productive, accessible, and beautiful.”

The Topsham-based trust in 2019 completed what it called the largest campaign for coastal conservation in Maine’s history, with 7,500 donors.

The campaign, launched in 2018, surpassed its original goal of $125 million. That target included $65 million for land acquisition and creation of public access and environmental protection programs; $42 million for stewardship; and $18 million for connecting people to the land through education, policy advocacy and other types of programs.

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