OLD TOWN — A foundation established by Maine philanthropist Roxanne Quimby has purchased 965 acres of forestland east of the Appalachian Trail in Elliotsville Township.

The land is along the Little and Big Wilson streams. It is characterized by cliffs, gorges, waterfalls and other habitat.

The foundation called Elliotsville Plantation Inc. will maintain the land for low-impact recreational uses.

Quimby made hundreds of millions of dollars through the sale of Burt’s Bees, the personal care company she co-founded in the 1980s.

The foundation acquires and preserves open space for the benefit of the public. It now owns and manages more than 100,000 acres of land in Maine.