After leading the fabulously successful Land for Maine’s Future Program for ten years, Tim Glidden is leaving to accept a position as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
“The chance to extend the work I have started at LMF with an organization of this high caliber is incredibly exciting,” Glidden said in a message emailed on Tuesday night to his friends and associates.
Typical of Glidden, he credited a wide array of people for the success of the LMF program. “I was blessed with absolutely the best organizational partners, professional colleagues, wonderful board members, good friends, and wise mentors that anyone could hope for,” he wrote.
Ten years ago approximately 6 percent of Maine was under some form of conservation. Today, according to Glidden, that figure approaches 20 percent.
But not content to let us rest on our laurels, Glidden noted, “We still trail many peer states including many of our economic competitors!” He put the exclamation mark at the end of that statement, just to let us know that this work is not finished.
What Mainers have accomplished during Glidden’s tenure at LMF is astonishing. “There have been 102 completed transactions in 62 projects just in the past two years,” he reports, and more than 300 projects and 450 transactions since the LMF program launched in 1987.
“Entire wild river corridors, vast swaths of working forest, signature working farms, entrepreneurial trail systems, beautiful local parks and open space and key additions to state parks and wildlife management systems,” have been conserved, he noted. And always timely with his remarks, he reported that “more than 15,000 acres of deer yards” have been conserved in those projects.
“It is no accident that this happens in Maine – we seem to have particularly fertile ground for innovation, big dreams, and creative problem-solving in all things related to conservation,” Glidden said.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is the leader of Maine’s large network of land trusts. Founded in 1970, the organization works specifically to conserve coastal lands and islands primarily through the use of conservation easements.
The Trust has protected more than 130,000 acres in Maine including more than 275 entire coastal islands.
Glidden leaves his LMF position at the end of this month and starts at Maine Coast Heritage Trust on April 29, just in time for their annual Maine Land Conservation Conference.
It has been my privilege to work with Glidden over his years at LMF. He’s a class act, popular and respected by all who have worked with him. It’s good to know he will continue to be a strong advocate for and leader of Maine’s conservation effort.