Sunday, May 19, 2013
The Associated Press
CAMDEN — A new census of land trusts says 10 million acres have been conserved nationwide since 2005, including nearly 2 million in Maine.
2006 file photo/The Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram A cow moose grazes for underwater plants while feeding at Sandy Stream Pond in Baxter State Park.
Staff Photo by John Ewing, Tuesday, August 1, 2006: A doe white tailed deer peers through tree branches while feeding along Roaring Brook in Baxter State Park recently.
The National Land Trust Census shows that the recession has not hurt voluntary land conservation, which increased 27 percent between 2005 and 2010.
The report says a total of 47 million acres — an area over twice the size of all the national parks in the contiguous United States —is now protected by land trusts.
The census says Maine land trusts conserved 143,710 acres between 2005 and 2010, an 8 percent increase in land protected.
It also notes that Maine was right behind California as having conserved the highest total acreage of all states in that time frame.