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Vinalhaven Land Trust

Part of the shoreline of VLT's Fish Hook Preserve.

Contact Information

Main Contact

    Alternate Contact

    • Susan Lawrence, President
    • 543 Hammond Street
    • Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

MLTN Member

Mission Statement

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.


Vinalhaven and surrounding islands

Quick Facts

  • Number of Staff: 2.00
  • Membership: 870
  • Annual Meeting: Late July or Early August
  • Newsletter: VLT Newsletter, Annual Report
  • Acres owned: 760
  • Number of Parcels: 24
  • Acres under Conservation Easement: 1177
  • Number of Parcels: 35
  • Founded: 1986
  • Preserved an archipelago with innovative cooperation from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Successfully protected Vinalhaven's largest salt marsh
  • Maintain trails on over 700 acres
  • Cooperated with town on a resource inventory for comprehensive plan
  • Host public picnics, trail walks and community open house
  • Fundraised to purchase land adjoining town park land; subsequently donated purchased land to town
  • Sponsor fifteen to twenty environmental education walks open to all each year; topics include birds, geology, intertidal life, wildflowers
  • Annually sponsors 15-20 field days with naturalists for school children
  • Participated and helped sponsor state wide tax study
  • Large portion of the watershed for the town water supply is now owned in fee by VLT
  • Protected a favored community outlook, Big Tip Toe Mountain, as well as the surrounding 40 acres, from development
  • Opened a new Story Trail on the Granite Island Preserve, encouraging readers young & old to follow the pages of a changing, favorite children's story through what was once an island quarrying site, now moss covered forest floor, on their journey to the Basin shore.

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