News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 14, 2018
Caterpillar Hill campaign in final stages

Caterpillar Hill

The sign on the building atop Caterpillar Hill shows that the capital campaign goal is within reach.

Photo courtesy of Blue Hill Heritage Trust

For the past year, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Island Heritage Trust have been collaborating to permanently conserve 32 acres on Caterpillar Hill. This will be a critical addition to an 18+ year effort to conserve the spectacular views, overlooking Walker Pond and Eggemoggin Reach, from Route 15, according to a news release from BHHT.

The campaign has currently raised $575,000 of the needed $605,000, thanks to donors and a pledge for $200,000 from the Land for Maine’s Future program.

“This is truly an iconic property on our peninsula and its conservation will be a great legacy of community effort,” Hans Carlson, BHHT’s executive director, said in the release.

“We are very close to the finish line, but still need support from anyone who can help,” said BHHT Development and Outreach Director Chrissy Allen.

For more on this effort, visit There will be several public events this summer celebrating this effort. The first will be a benefit dinner donated by El El Frijoles on June 24. This will be the first of their three “Sunday Suppers for a Cause” of 2018. Also, on July 30, BHHT will co-host a Blueberry Picking Party at Caterpillar Hill with Speaking Up For Us (, where community members will be invited to pick berries for themselves and also donate some to the Tree of Life food pantry.