Twenty-Nine Years of Mahoosuc Land Trust Organization History
1988 – 2018
COMMUNITY VISIONING CONFERENCE
The need for a land trust was identified at a Community Visioning Conference held in Bethel. The Mahoosuc Land Trust, the Mahoosuc Arts Council, the Bethel Area Health Center and the Bethel Retirement Community are all outcomes of the Conference.
MARCH 27, 1989
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
MLT Articles of Incorporation are approved by the Maine Secretary of State.
OCTOBER 22, 1989
FIRST ANNUAL MEETING
Mahoosuc Land Trust holds its first annual meeting. Kirk Siegel is elected president; Bill Pooley, secretary, and Marcel Polak, treasurer. The first board includes Tim Carter, Andi Colnes, Betsey Cooper, Marie Hickey, Keith Hodsdon, Sally Rollinson (Taylor), Jim Sysko and Jim Yarnell.
DECEMBER 7, 1989
TAX EXEMPT STATUS
Mahoosuc Land Trust receives 501 (c) 3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service. The designation enables donors to claim tax deductions for their gifts to the trust.
MAHOOSUC LAND TRUST LOGO
Arla Patch of Woodstock designs the Mahoosuc Land Trust logo.
JULY 1, 1996
MERGER WITH THE FRIENDS OF THE ANDROSCOGGIN
The Mahoosuc Land Trust completes a merger with the Friends of the Androscoggin.
OCTOBER 14, 2004
Mahoosuc Land Trust formally joins the Mahoosuc Initiative, a collaboration of community, regional and national organizations, working together to promote conservation and sustainable development in the Mahoosuc Region of Maine and New Hampshire.
BETHEL AREA TRAILS
The Mahoosuc Land Trust partners with the Bethel Area Trails Committee to improve pedestrian access to Bethel and to extend the Bethel Pathway to nearby communities.
LAND TRUST EXCELLENCE GRANT
Mahoosuc Land Trust receives a grant of up to $18,000 from the Maine Land Trust network and the Land Trust Alliance for the purpose of preparing the organization to apply for accreditation by the National Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
FEBRUARY 13, 2013
Mahoosuc Land Trust is accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
MARCH 13, 2015
The Mahoosuc Land Trust adopts a new five-year strategic plan. The goal is to develop an effective and pragmatic strategic plan that will be the directive for the organization over the next five years and to stay relevant for the next 25 years.
Valentine Farm becomes MLT home
MLT establishes its office at the 150 acre Valentine Farm on the North Road in Bethel
Kirk Siegel becomes Executive Director, replacing Jim Mitchell after 23 years of service.
august 1, 2018
Mahoosuc Land Trust was awarded renewed accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, following rigorous third party evaluation, a distinction given to only 1 out of 3 land trusts nationwide