BIDDEFORD — The deadline has been extended for a group of conservationist trying to preserve a parcel of undeveloped land in Biddeford. 

Wolfe Tone, state director for The Trust for Public Land, said $200,000 is needed to reach the fundraising goal to purchase 97 acres of undeveloped land off Granite Point Road and a small island near the mouth of the Little River, known as Timber Point. 

The Ewing family, who is willing to sell the land for $5.125 million, had originally set Thursday as a deadline for the sales agreement. Tone said they are willing to extend that deadline to Sept. 30. 

The Trust for Public Land, along with the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Friends of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge remain hopeful they will raise enough by the new deadline to preserve the land. The groups put out a call for funds in July. At the time, $3 million from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and more than $525,000 from private donations had been secured.

Those interested in helping these organizations can send checks designated “Save Timber Point” to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 7004, Cape Porpoise, ME 04014. For more information, go to www.kporttrust.org/timber-point or call 967-3465.