Two land trusts create Penobscot Shore Preserve

Prospect—On March 29, thanks to a successful collaboration with Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, Coastal Mountains Land Trust established its most northerly preserve in Prospect, Maine. The new Penobscot Shore Preserve is made up of two parcels—16 and 31 acres—located on the Bowden Point Road along the western shore of the Penobscot River. The land, which will be made available for the public to enjoy, includes over 1,800 feet of forested shorefront along the Penobscot River and acts as a corridor for wildlife using the River. It also offers scenic views of the Penobscot River and of the adjacent Bucksport waterfront.

In 2016, the property was generously gifted to Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust by Elizabeth Wemett through her will in honor of her aunt, Mary Lord. Given that Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust’s service region in northwestern Hancock County extends west only to Bucksport and Verona Island, the organization reached out to their sister land trust across the river to see if it would be interested in becoming the long-term steward of this land. Coastal Mountains Land Trust was pleased to protect this scenic riverfront property in Prospect and is looking forward to inviting the community to visit and enjoy the land, once it has completed an ecological inventory and management plan for the property.

Keep an eye on the Coastal Mountains Land Trust webpage, www.coastalmountains.org, or that of GPMCT, www.greatpondtrust.org, for events and volunteer opportunities to help establish public access on the Preserve.

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Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. The Land Trust has protected over 10,000 acres to date, offering 40 miles of trails for public access.

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust has conserved land, water and wildlife habitat for the communities of northwestern Hancock County since 1993. GPMCT owns and manages the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland, and has conserved an additional 200 acres for wildlife habitat and public recreation in Bucksport, Orland and Lucerne.

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