I enjoy paddling my kayak all around Casco Bay, and when the opportunity arises, I stop off at an island, for a walk, lunch or just to stretch my legs.

There are a few islands that are private, where a person is not even allowed to beach a boat or kayak long enough to take a picture, let alone get out and walk around. However, there are some islands such as parts of Peaks, Long, Little Diamond, Cliff, Chebeague and Littlejohn that are preserved for the enjoyment of everyone.

Clapboard Island in Falmouth is private, but there may soon be an option of preserving part of it for public use.

Last summer, I had the privilege of kayaking out there with a small group of people who are interested in contributing to the purchase of a part of the island for public use. I was amazed at how pristine and beautiful this island was, with the variety of wildlife that make the island their home and the many sandy beaches around the island.

This is a place where we can take our grandchildren to experience nature without the noise and hustle-bustle of the mainland.

On Feb. 24, the Falmouth Town Council will vote on whether or not to contribute $300,000 to the Clapboard Island East Preserve.

I would like to encourage the Town Council to vote in favor of this contribution, which will go a long way toward the purchase of this property.

It would benefit not only Falmouth residents but also anyone who sails, paddles or swims out in Casco Bay.

If we cannot make this land public now, there may never be another opportunity to do so, and it will remain private for our lifetime and that of our children.

Sara Orbeton

South Portland