This 2010 MNRCP project in Harpswell involved the purchase of two parcels of high value habitat on two coves by the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT). The properties contain a mix of coastal and freshwater wetland types and the coves have been mapped as significant tidal waterfowl and wading bird habitat by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and as high value shellfish habitat by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
Basin and Curtis Coves, photo courtesy of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

More than $5M Available through Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking initial proposals for a new round of competitive grants from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program, which TNC administers on behalf of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More than $5 million will be available for award in 2019 for those seeking to restore and protect wetlands and significant wildlife habitat in Maine. Wetland restoration and enhancement projects are strongly encouraged in this round. For more information, please refer to the attached Request for Letters of Intent or visit

MNRCP 2019 Request for Letters of Intent

Public agencies, non-profit conservation organizations, tribes and municipalities are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent for eligible restoration and preservation projects in Maine. All Letters of Intent must be submitted online at To be considered, all Letters of Intent must be received by 5:00 pm EST, Thursday, June 27, 2019. Applicants whose proposed projects meet the program’s requirements will be invited to submit full proposals. Proposals will be evaluated and ranked by a Review Committee convened by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and made up of public and nonprofit entities. TNC administers the process but does not decide which proposals receive funding. Final grant awards are expected to be made in late 2019.

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