Letter from the President

Diamonds in the Rough

July 2020

As we’ve all come to consider way too many times over this past troubled Spring of 2020, things have been extraordinarily different. And difficult.

Yet, within the Little Diamond Island community, a great accomplishment has still taken place – rough times or no. A major Celebration is now certainly warranted. Unfortunately, however, we will not get to physically experience this success story at what would be our “normal” Annual Meeting time later in July. But as a teaser, we can today capsulize this amazing effort and then hopefully plan on an actual celebratory event in the Fall. Stay tuned...

In sum, two unique pieces of LDI shorefront land are now safely in the hands of Oceanside Conservation Trust. Both parcels front on the road. One offers beach access behind the old Coast Guard Station. The other sits high up on a bluff overlooking Diamond Roads and brings with it some very interesting history. It was the site of a former Catholic bishop’s getaway retreat destroyed by arson nearly a century ago; look forward to hearing the fascinating story when we finally do hold our meeting.

This preservation project is the result of an amazing, short-term fundraising effort, boasting some exemplary generosity - and foresight. But for the persistent focus and commitment of several island leaders, the latter parcel could well be on the way to sporting a secluded private home – as opposed to a gem available to all for passive recreation, in perpetuity. Hats off to the “little” community which made this happen – on-Island! And also to you, our donors, whose on- going support has allowed OCT to be the “closer” of this funding effort.

Meanwhile, our OCT Membership typically responds with its own generosity at two points on the calendar: near year’s end and around the time our invitation goes out to join our midsummer Annual Meeting. If your habit is to make a Summer gift to Oceanside, we would absolutely welcome it at this point. Nonprofit organizations are among those entities struggling in these unhappy economic circumstances. We will very much appreciate your giving us due consideration while your hearts and minds are centered on and around Casco Bay.

Thank you!
Roger Berle, President

Putnam Lot on Little Diamond Island
OCT Putman Lot on Little Diamond Island

OCT Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay, first accredited in 2015, is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.

  • To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org.
  • Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
  • Comments on Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay’s application will be most useful by June 21, 2020.
Goldenrod. Image by Mabel Amber from Pixabay.

Wild Seed Project

Presentation by Heather McCargo - OCT 2019 Annual Meeting on Long Island

Article by Priscilla Doucette, Jane Laughlin, and Hope MacVane. Reprinted from the OCT Annual Newsletter Volume 15, 2019.

This year’s Annual Meeting featured a special presentation from Heather McCargo, Founder and Executive Director of The Wild Seed Project. Heather is an educator with 30 years of experience in plant propagation, landscape design, horticulture, and conservation.

The following are highlights from Heather’s slide presentation at the meeting and from her numerous publications. As stewards of over 90 acres of preserved land in Casco Bay, OCT recognizes the importance of Heather’s work to all of us who care about our environment.

Heather McCargo of The Wild Seed Project speaking at the OCT 2019 annual meeting

Heather McCargo of The Wild Seed Project, speaking at the OCT 2019 Annual Meeting.

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