As the years went by the Monhegan Associates became more than just a trust to preserve the wildlands from development. Over time more land has been donated to and purchased by the Associates. Today nearly 400 acres, roughly 3/4 of the island is owned and protected by the Associates. Following Ted Edison’s lead, the Associates have always paid local taxes to the Monhegan Plantation. Our mission is to maintain these lands and their trails and welcome researchers who are interested in studying our ecology. The Monhegan Associates continues to be dedicated to supporting the island communities in any way that is congruent with our mission.
As an organization, associate membership was extended to non-landowners in 1961. Today members consist of year-round residents, summer residents, casual daytrippers – all who love Monhegan are welcome to join. Full members, who own land or have served on the Board, vote each year on the Officers and Trustees, who represent land-owners and long time renters, summer visitors and year-round residents.
Although always recognized as a non-profit in the State of Maine, in the year 2009 we became recognized as a 501 (c) (3) organization, and donations to us are fully tax-deductible.