Keith Fletcher Left the World a Better Place

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that MCHT’s Southern Maine Project Manager Keith Fletcher passed away peacefully at his home on July 2nd. Keith was a giant in so many ways. His body of conservation work is immeasurable, his musicianship was awe-inspiring, and his friendship will be missed by all. You can read his obituary here. Keith’s celebration of life will be held Thursday, July 11, at 4:30 at Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells. 

During his long stints at The Nature Conservancy in Maine and Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Keith worked with just about every land trust in Southern Maine, mentoring and collaborating, to help make communities healthier and to keep green spaces available to all. The Mount Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative was unusual when it began in 2002, and Keith was a major driver in that effort for many years. In his hometown of Wells, he served on the Conservation Commission for 23 years.  

In his role at Maine Coast Heritage Trust, he worked tirelessly – often 7 days a week – assisting landowners, towns, partner organizations and anyone who knocked on his door. Two of those more recent projects resulted in large public preserves that Keith was particularly proud to have helped bring to fruition.  

In 2019, MCHT partnered with Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust on the Woodward Point Preserve, an 87-acre property with over two miles of shoreline along two peninsulas on the New Meadows River in Brunswick. Known for its birdwatching and winter skiing and snowshoeing opportunities, Woodward Point is a frequent rest stop for kayakers passing through.  

In 2020-2021, Keith helped lead the effort to conserve the Cousins River Fields & Marsh Preserve. Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Royal River Conservation Trust, and Freeport Conservation Trust worked together to conserve a keystone parcel of the Cousins River marsh system located in Yarmouth. The importance of this special place cannot be overstated. The salt marsh, rich agricultural soils, and iconic views are now protected from future development and will remain open to the public. 

Keith carried these projects through from start to finish. His mark on the coast of Maine is indelible. 

Conservationists in Maine were fortunate to enjoy Keith’s extraordinary musical talents on many occasions, including at two Maine Land Conservation Conferences, where he performed as a member of the York River Ramblers. He was an amazing fiddler and played with musicians and groups across the country.  

Please join us in celebrating Keith’s life and his legacy. He lives on in our memories and in the land.