skip navigation

Home > Find a Land Trust > Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Tarr-Hackett House; HHLT's first project. Founded in 1983, The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) works solely in the town of Harpswell. It has protected more than 1100 acres of fields, forest, wildlife habitat, islands and precious undeveloped shoreline from development. In addition, it has preserved the facades of several typical historic buildings. These properties are now set aside forever for future generations to enjoy.

Two old photos capture the essence of the field at Mackerel Cove on Bailey Island, one of Maine's best known working waterfront views. The field was purchased in 2002 through a capital campaign and is now open to the public.

HHLT Nature Day Camp provides nature programs for young people to awaken an interest in their natural surroundings and the value of unspoiled habitats of all types. Local HHLT and other lands provide a variety of locales to teach about the unique ecology of this region.

Contact Information

Main Contact

  • Reed Coles, Executive Director
  • PO Box 359
  • Harpswell, ME 04079
  • Phone: 207.721.1121 
  • Email:

    Alternate Contact

    • Julia McLeod, Outreach Coordinator
    • PO Box 359
    • Harpswell, ME 04079
    • Phone: 207-837-9613 
    • Email:

MLTN Member

Mission Statement

To preserve and protect Harpswell's natural environment, wildlife, open spaces, shoreline, and cultural heritage for the benefit of current and future generations through conservation, stewardship, education, and land owner assistance.



Quick Facts

  • Number of Staff: 2.00
  • Membership: 600
  • Annual Meeting: July
  • Newsletter: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust Newsletter, published 2/yr time(s) annually.
  • Acres owned: 382
  • Number of Parcels: 13
  • Acres under Conservation Easement: 1,104
  • Number of Parcels: 23
  • Founded: 1983
  • Acquires fee ownership and conservation easements on special places in Harpswell.
  • Manages nature preserves and public access properties.
  • Promotes use of trails on Trust and other lands.
  • Sponsors educational programs on Harpswell's natural and cultural resources, and on conservation and and the natural world in general.
  • Provides, through printed and electronic newsletter and other means, information on Trust activities, outdoor recreational opportunities in Harpswell and important conservation matters.
  • Provides meeting space for community organizations.

I am the Webmaster for this Trust.