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Whole Communities and Healthy Landscapes: a Conversation on the Future of Conservation

Date: Thursday Jul 21, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm -


More than a century of progress in conserving the jewels of Maine has created a legacy of lasting value. Yet significant elements of Maine’s iconic landscape remain at risk. At the same time, Maine communities face mounting challenges ranging from changing economics and aging populations to rising sea-levels and demographic shifts.

If the rationale for past conservation efforts was to protect land from despoliation, how will we create a new conservation movement that seeks to conserve healthy landscapes while at the same time increasing the well-being of the human communities that depend on and shape the landscapes of which they are a part?

Two noted conservationists, Peter Forbes (Center for Whole Communities) and Tim Glidden (Maine Coast Heritage Trust), will discuss the imperative for this transition and the exciting examples that are already appearing throughout Maine, across the country and around the globe.

Presented by Maine Coast Heritage Trust in partnership with the Acadia Centennial as part of the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series.


Peter Forbes is an educator, writer, and facilitator who is innovating across the boundaries of profession and culture which has made his work influential to the fields of conservation, leadership development, and philanthropy. A vice president of Trust for Public Land, and the founder and former executive director of Center for Whole Communities, Peter cares most about strengthening peoples’ connections to one another and to the land that sustains them.

He practices what he preaches from his family farm in Vermont, and he travels out across our country to help people, communities, and organizations have conversations that transform. Peter has collaborated directly with hundreds of environmental and social justice organizations across our country, and he’s the author or photographer of seven books about people’s relationship to place. You can learn more at

Tim Glidden joined Maine Coast Heritage Trust as president in May 2011, assuming primary responsibility for the nonprofit conservation organization’s strategic direction, overall management and public profile. He previously served as director of the state-run Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program.

Over a period of ten years, he guided LMF to a number of important successes including $41 million in bonding for land conservation, a ground-breaking new program for working waterfront protection, and the development of a comprehensive conservation easement model for large-scale “working forest” conservation projects. Prior to his work at LMF, Tim served for seven years as the deputy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Tim serves as a member of the Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council. He graduated from Colby College and received his MFS from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Location: Thomas S. Gates Jr. Community Center Meeting Hall,
College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME
Hosted by Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Reception immediately following on the patio
Contact Name: Ceci Danforth
Contact Phone #: (207) 607-4366
Event web page:
Event Sponsor(s): Maine Coast Heritage Trust 

This is a free event.

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