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Maine organization raises $100 million to protect coastline

A Maine organization is raising more than $100 million to protect Maine’s coastline. (WGME)

FREEPORT (WGME) – A Maine organization is raising more than $100 million to protect Maine’s coastline.

The Maine Coast Heritage Trust says time is running out to save the shores because of growing environmental problems.

Those issues range from companies building too close to shores, temperatures rising, and growing tourism.

The president of the trust, Tim Glidden, says even if you live far from the coast, you could be affected by Maine’s coast changing.

“There really is a place for every person in Maine in this campaign,” Glidden said. “Maine coast is something that’s central to many people’s lives. We’re concerned that there are several threats that are eroding the quality and the special nature of Maine’s coast.”

The $125 million project will go towards persevering beaches and islands off the coast. It has raised $90 million so far.

Glidden emphasized the trust wants to see the state continue to develop and grow, with the shores in consideration.

“While development is a good thing for Maine, we need the economic activity,” Glidden said. “We need it happening at the right places and not undo the special quality of the coast.”

Right now, the trust has taken 300 islands; it hopes to expand that to 400 by late 2019.

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