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Picture of coastline on Marshall Island.
Photo by Sara Gray

Marshall Island

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Fishing Hunting/Trapping Swimming Canoeing/Kayaking 

Project Description

With generous support from the Land for Maine’s Future Program and private donors, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) acquired all of Marshall Island, which was the largest remaining undeveloped and unprotected island on the nation’s Eastern Seaboard. Marshall is located in Jericho Bay, between Mount Desert Island and Isle au Haut. With 981 acres of woods and meadows and 7 miles of scenic shoreline, it offers visitors a taste of wilderness that is increasingly rare along the Maine Coast. Marshall Island provides a large block of coastal island habitat (valuable to migrating songbirds and other species) and two fine sand beaches (listed on the State’s Register of Critical Areas) that have been enjoyed by generations of boaters. Under the stewardship of MCHT, these traditional uses will continue–enabling island visitors to walk, picnic, swim and hunt there. The island’s protection, in 2002/3, marked the culmination of conservation efforts that spanned decades. In the late 1980s, a developer gained approval for a 14-lot subdivision on a large portion of the island, to be served by an airstrip and commercial district. That investment soured, and the bank auctioned the property in 1992, but conservation interests were outbid. Fortunately, the new owners came to realize what a unique resource Marshall was and they enjoyed the place in its natural state, building only a dock and tent platforms in their decade of ownership. Recognizing the importance of the island’s permanent protection, they and the other island property owners ultimately decided to sell their parcels to MCHT.