The Medomak Valley Land Trust is celebrating 25 years of conservation with a special 25th anniversary Hardy Boat Cruise Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

The cruise will visit the Atlantic puffin colony on Eastern Egg Rock and circumnavigate several outer islands of the Muscongus Bay at sunset. Light snacks and desserts will be served aboard the cruise, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $25 per person, or $30 at boarding in New Harbor.

For the past 25 years, MVLT has worked with landowners to conserve land in the Medomak River watershed, an area that includes approximately 90,000 square miles and portions of 13 towns.

This May, upon acquiring a 27-acre parcel called Waterman’s Brook Preserve, off Finntown Road in Waldoboro, MVLT reached a major milestone of 4,000 acres conserved. The new 27-acre parcel is a critical piece that adjoins larger conservation land in MVLT’s Three Brooks Forest focus area, and is deemed important for maintaining larger wildlife corridors throughout the region.

MVLT maintains a community-based conservation approach to its work. Its conservation priorities are focused on preserving natural habitat for wildlife and for traditional uses of the land and water, including hunting, fishing, and timber and shellfish harvesting. All MVLT preserves are open to the public, and with the help of an all-volunteer crew, the land trust maintains over 15 miles of trails on eight parcels throughout the watershed.

MVLT’s land protection work is closely tied to stewardship of the Medomak River. In recent years, MVLT has been increasing its work with the Waldoboro Shellfish Committee, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Marine Resources to better address the causes of pollution in the Medomak River that threaten the region’s shellfish industry. In 2015, Waldoboro’s clam landings were valued at $2.2 million, and were the highest of any town in the state.

MVLT invites the public to help celebrate its 25 years on this Anniversary Cruise. For more information, contact the MVLT office at 832-5570 or info@medomakvalley.org.