Barrett-King & Merrill Easements

Barrett-King & Merrill Easements

In 2000, GPMCT partnered with neighboring Blue Hill Heritage Trust to help them protect the former Nowick Farm, 136 acres of scenic fields and woods sweeping along Rte. 15 on the Orland/Penobscot line. GPMCT assisted BHHT in raising the money to purchase development rights on this piece of rich farmland, which was then purchased by organic farmers Jo Barrett and Dennis King of King Hill Farm in Penobscot. GPMCT is the third-party holder/enforcer on the conservation easement, which protects this farm from subdivision and commercial development and keeps it available for agricultural and forestry use in perpetuity.

In 2007, neighbor Ray Merrill donated a similar easement conserving 6.5 acres of adjacent blueberry fields.  GPMCT is also the third-party holder on this easement.

These two properties represent some of Hancock County’s best agricultural soils, and are included in more than 1,600 acres protected by BHHT on the Front Ridge (Rte. 15) corridor.