October 4, 2022

Nature Conservancy Completes Land Purchase

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The Nature Conservancy completed an agreement to purchase nearly 10,000 acres from H.C Haynes Inc. The parcel is located in northern Hancock County.

There are two rivers that flow through the parcel – the west branch of the Narragaugus and the Spring rivers. With the reserve next door of the Donnell Pond parcel, this provides nearly 24,000 contiguous acres of preserve land in Hancock County.

This purchase, of 2.2 million dollars, will continue to guarantee recreation on the land. There are presently sport camps located on the land and the Conservancy says it will renew the leases so the camps can continue to operate.

Some changes will involve the relocation of some ATV trails away from sensitive wet areas and along the river banks. The two rivers are considered prime habitat for the recovery of Atlantic Salmon in Maine.

The Bangor Daily News has a story with more information about the agreement and future plans as well as how the funding for the purchase came together.

Tom Remington