Hancock County land trust expands Wildlands preserve and safeguards river
ORLAND, Maine — Pretty much all of the Dead River’s shoreline will be shielded immediately after a modern acquisition of a close by 355-acre residence by a neighborhood conservation team.
The Fantastic Pond Mountain Conservation Have confidence in declared Wednesday that it acquired the swath of forest and wetlands on the river in Orland and Bucksport from the Bella relatives. The acquisition will maintain a lot more than a mile of shoreline and insert to the trust’s 4,500-acre Wildlands preserve on the river’s reverse shore.
The new assets, dubbed Useless River West, has been a priority for the have faith in for several years and was most likely the last chance to secure the river’s shorefront and push the Wildlands park to the other facet of the river.
“We’ve been trying to focus on points that can develop the Wildlands,” said Jack MacBrayne, a board member with the rely on. “If we hadn’t purchased it, they had been heading to promote it on the open up current market.”
That approach ties to a conservation effort and hard work to maintain full corridors of land in purchase to guard wildlife, reported Andy Cutko, the director of the state Bureau of Parks and Lands. Animals thrive in contiguous open spaces, or what biologists get in touch with “unfragmented habitat.”
The Dead River connects to Alamoosook Lake, and its wetlands are household to numerous types of waterfowl, beavers and other wildlife.
“The house offers an significant link and habitat connectivity from the Blue Hill Peninsula to the countless numbers of acres of conserved lands east of Bangor and even more north,” Cutko stated. “As development carries on together Maine’s coast, it will be critical to identify and secure these crucial corridors for wildlife movement.”
It will be open to individuals, way too, and a new mountaineering trail as a result of the woods of the house is in improvement.
The current Wildlands assets has a sprawling community of trails at its home upcoming to the Craig Brook federal hatchery in Orland. The have faith in also claimed Wednesday that its new $2.36 million money marketing campaign, which will assistance protect the charge of the Lifeless River West residence, will also enable bolster the existing Wildlands trails.
So much the have faith in has lifted $1.8 million, or about 77 p.c of its purpose.
The Useless River West residence is not the only one particular parcel of land that the trust has been in a position to increase recently. Emily Fuller Hawkins said Wednesday that the Joost loved ones gave 25 acres on Verona Island along the eastern channel to the believe in, and the nonprofit is operating to get the land open to the community.
That land also abuts a huge non-public conservation location on the island.
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