Thank you to all who participated in making our 32nd Annual Meeting a success. The weather was fantastic, the company wonderful, and the food and refreshments a complete treat.
This year, VLT steward Kerry Hardy will be our speaker. Ask Kerry Hardy what he “does for work,” and you’re liable to get a very long explanation that involves a lot of different disciplines—writing, art, history, ecology, linguistics, and of course making maps and clearing trails for Vinalhaven Land Trust. You might also get an earful about his other ventures, like working with Maine’s Indian tribes or with other historians across the Northeast; or testifying in Augusta at public hearings on environmental issues. In short, almost anything that involves land and the creatures that live on it, including people, is of interest to him—and sharing those interests and insights with others is the essence of his work. Join us at our annual meeting to hear more about his work, and a few of his favorite stories from the land.
Stone tools like this adze, used for making dugout boats thousands of years ago along Maine's coast.
The Land for Maine’s Future Coalition, the Maine Land Trust Network, and L.L. Bean are encouraging people to enjoy Maine’s Great Outdoors this summer and beyond. There are many ways for you to participate. Begin by visiting mainepassport.org and requesting your Passport to Maine’s Outdoors. Featuring 36 conserved destinations around the state, the passport invites you to visit LMF-conserved properties, land trust preserves, and public lands in Maine. There are destinations located in all sixteen counties. While exploring the website, look for information on hundreds of other conserved areas you can explore with friends and family.
The website also provides an opportunity to enter a drawing for prizes donated by L.L. Bean, including a deluxe camping set, trail chairs, and tote bags. Winners will be chosen at random in the fall. There is no purchase necessary. To enter the drawing, one simply needs to enter their name, email address, and the name of their favorite passport destination by October 8, 2018.
Every day you enjoy a conserved property in Maine this year, be sure to share your adventures on Instagram with #MainesGreatOutdoors. Visit a photo gallery at landformainesfuture.org/gallery/ to view images from others discovering the incredible beauty of Maine’s conserved lands.
Granite Island Preserve, photo by Norbert Lesser
Vinalhaven Land Trust is proud to announce that its accreditation as an officially recognized land trust has been renewed by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a program that promotes the highest national standards for ensuring permanence in the conservation of American lands. The accreditation seal we have been awarded recognizes VLT's sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship of our lands.
This recognition would not have been possible without the support of our members and community. Thank you for helping to conserve the nature of Vinalhaven.
A Maine classic has arrived to the Story Trail at Granite Island Preserve! Blueberries for Sal, a beautifully illustrated children's story by Robert McCloskey, tells the story of a girl and her mother picking blueberries to can for the winter, while a bear cub and his mother are picking blueberries nearby. Sal becomes so involved in her picking, she doesn't notice that she's following the wrong mother, an equally startled mother bear!
Come take a leisurely hike to the shores of the Basin while following this amusing and suspenseful story. The full-color pages are framed and mounted on granite boulders and ledges along the path, tucked neatly into the natural landscape so you can appreciate our island's nature while delving into this beloved classic tale.
This family friendly trail is perfect for readers of all ages. Find it at location 2C on our trail map.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources have brought the third batch of mature alewives to rebuild the spawning run on Vinalhaven. Dropped into Old Harbor Pond in late May, these adult fish will quickly spawn in the shallows before heading back out to sea. Their juveniles will stick around until August, when they will have grown large enough to start their own four-year odyssey through the ocean, before returning once more to repeat the spawning cycle on Vinalhaven.
Keep an eye on the pond this summer for some great wildlife activity. While they spawn, you'll see the water boil with moving fish, a sure sign that otters, loons, cormorants, ospreys, herons, and eagles will be dropping in for a snack.
Photo by Sheri Romer-Day
Established by Maine voters in 1987, the Land for Maine’s Future program has since conserved more than 150 special places, totaling over 600,000 acres. As the State of Maine's primary funding vehicle for conserving land, the program has made Maine a more desirable place to live while strengthening some of the state’s most important industries, including tourism, forest products, agriculture, and fishing. Unfortunately, the program has faced political setbacks over the past few years and needs public support to ensure that it can continue helping land trusts like us invest in Maine's future by preserving its nature.
Show your support for conservation and this important state program by getting out and enjoying the incredible work that LMF has accomplished. Learn more about the program, its projects and its hopes for the future at landformainesfuture.org.
You might remember the talk Dr. Heather Deese of the Island Institute gave in 2015 that explored the causes and consequences of tides. She recently recommended a brand new book by Jonathon White to all VLT members and island residents. The book, titled "Tides: Science and Spirit of the Ocean," chronicles White's voyages across the world--from the Arctic Circle to the Qiantang River in China--and comments on the implications of tides on cultures and societies around the globe. Learn more about this relevant read at the author's website: jonathanwhitewriter.com.
Low Tide Walk, with Amy Palmer
You can keep up to date with the latest "sightings" on Vinalhaven by following Kirk Gentalen's Sightings Report. Kirk reports his findings with enthusiasm and humor, and welcomes your observations, photos, and questions. His blog is jointly sponsored by Vinalhaven Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
We're not the only ones getting outside and active to make the most of this warm weather. Ticks are plentiful in Vinalhaven, and where there are ticks, there is Lyme Disease. Read more about Lyme Disease here. Don't forget to perform frequent tick checks on yourself, your friends, and your pets, and follow these rules to help avoid ticks altogether:
When the flag is up, visitors are welcome in the office to peruse the many maps of island ecology and visit the Al and Hilary Creighton Resource Room. Official office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
12 Skoog Park, PO Box 268, Vinalhaven, ME 04863, US
Vinalhaven Land Trust promotes the conservation and appreciation of our island's significant plant and wildlife habitat, our water resources, and scenic or traditionally valued spaces in order to preserve the character of the community for generations to come.
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