PORTLAND (AP) – Maine Coast Heritage Trust announced Tuesday it has exceeded the goal it set five years ago of raising $100 million to accelerate conservation of coastal land.

The Topsham-based nonprofit said its “Campaign for the Coast” was the largest land conservation capital campaign in Maine history.

“Raising $100 million on time and on goal is a tremendous collective accomplishment, which reflects people’s strong passion for protecting the character of Maine. Together with the ongoing support of landowners, donors, members and our community partners, we have the opportunity to conserve our priceless coast, while there’s still time,” said Jay Espy, the group’s president.

Since it began, the campaign has protected more than 14,000 acres, including 125 miles of shoreline, 750 acres of coastal farmland and 56 coastal islands.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a pioneer in the use of conservation easements, has protected more than 121,000 acres along the coast, including more than 260 islands, since the organization was established in 1970.

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