Stories in Maine

Planning with Partners to Face the Future

Sustainable solutions to the effects of climate change must address the needs of both people and nature.

Overhead view of four young people looking at species in a tray on the ground.
Helping Communities Youth, led by TNC-supported Changemakers, carry out water quality research. © Ellen Hall

Hotter summers, warmer winters, shifting seasons, stronger storms—these changes affect natural and human communities alike. For solutions to be sustainable, they must address the needs of both. Across the state, TNC digs into work with communities and leaders at every level, strengthening our collective response to climate change through innovative policies, cutting-edge science and direct action.

This includes restoring wetlands and assisting towns as they prepare for escalating climate emergencies. It includes sustaining biodiversity on conserved lands and working with the Wabanaki Tribes to expand their access to Maine’s lands and waters. In all we do, helping communities face the future and address the inequities that prevent true resilience are at the core of our work.

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What Community Success Looks Like

Across the state, TNC digs into work with communities and leaders at every level, strengthening our collective response to climate change through innovative policies, cutting-edge science and direct action. As part of our Join Maine campaign, we are working to ensure these critical successes by 2024:

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    At Least 65

    towns and cities benefit from environmental risk reduction

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    More than 25,000 Acres

    of freshwater and coastal wetland habitat conserved or restored

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    Expanded Access

    to land and water for the Wabanaki Tribes of Maine

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Join Maine The Nature Conservancy in Maine © TNC

To achieve these goals, we are working to raise $14 million specifically for our work in this area, including $6 million in support from people like you, $100 thousand in public and partner funding, $5.4 million in market-based funds and $2.5 million in conservation asset donations. Learn more about our conservation goals and Join Maine.

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Community Circle TNC is taking part in the First Light Learning Journey, an effort to bridge the gap between conservation organizations and Wabanaki communities. © Peter Forbes