Twenty-Nine Years of Mahoosuc Land Trust Organization History

1988 – 2018

October 1988

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 Initiative

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.

Fall 2004

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.

September 2008

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.

February13, 2013


Mahoosuc Land Trust is accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

March 13, 2015

Strategic Plan

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.