INDIAN STREAM TOWNSHIP — Maine officials say the state’s been granted a conservation easement on Indian Pond at the headwaters of the Kennebec River.

According to the Governor’s Office, FPL Energy Maine Hydro LLC granted the easement as part of a settlement in re-licensing Harris Dam, located at the southern end of the pond in Indian Stream Township.

The easement covers 1,278 acres, including 52 miles of shoreline. The pond is located just off Moosehead Lake and marks the beginning of the Kennebec River.

Under terms of the easement, the lands cannot be developed and can be used for education and conservation purposes and low-impact public recreation.

Gov. Paul LePage said today that preserving the land is a “win-win situation” for the adjoining working forest, the region’s recreation economy and wildlife habitat.