On first glance, one unfamiliar with Maine may shrug off its size as quaint at most, a humble chunk of sparsely populated woodland nestled into the uppermost corner of the mainland. Get in a car and start driving along one of its highways and you’ll soon find the landscape morphs into a seemingly endless expanse, where hours of time disappear as you steer through undulating woodland severed only intermittently by river or stream. And so Dani and I drove and drove and drove this week, up to Machias – the last county before Maine makes way to New Brunswick and Canada – to get started on a story on a recent land conservation project with Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
MCHT has long been known for its work in conserving much of Maine’s coastline and island archipelagos. Now, they are working not only to conserve this land, but to engage the communities that utilize and enjoy these lands.
The leaves are slowly unfurling to reach for the sun, the wintry clouds are opening up to warmer wisps of clear sky and the cool soil has been turned to herald the growing season. As Maine reawakens, Seedlight has migrated north to set up base camp and embark upon a new project with Maine Farmland Trust this summer and fall. Bridget’s relationship with MFT extends back several years, when she took an offer to shoot an image for a month in their annual calendar and transformed it into a large-scale project to raise awareness on agricultural land preservation that included creating a traveling exhibit and publishing the book, From the Land.