Midcoast Conservancy

With a legacy dating back to the 1960’s, Midcoast Conservancy’s current iteration was created in 2016 when the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, Hidden Valley Nature Center, and Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association joined together, adding the Medomak Valley Land Trust in 2019 to form a region-wide innovative conservation organization.

We are now one of the largest conservation organizations in Maine, with over 14,000 acres of land conserved, 56 preserves open to the public, 3 watersheds protected, and 1,600+ members supporting our efforts.

Pete Nichols, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Pete leads Midcoast Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore vital lands and waters on a scale that matters.

Originally inspired by the lakes, rivers, and coastal waters of Maine, Pete has always been a committed advocate for the environment. For nearly 30 years, he has worked to protect the world’s waters and wildlands from the redwood forests of northern California, to the majestic Tigris River in Iraq, and the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. Pete worked as the Organizing Director for Waterkeeper Alliance, an international network of 350 clean water advocates in 46 countries around the globe. Prior to that, Pete co-founded his own Waterkeeper program in northern California, Humboldt Baykeeper, where he served as Baykeeper and Executive Director.