January 9, 2013

Deal preserves 200 acres in 6 southern Maine towns

From staff reports

More than 200 acres of land in southern Maine have been preserved in four conservation projects negotiated with the cooperation of 10 state and private nonprofit environmental and land trust organizations.

The projects, which cover land in Kittery, York, Eliot, South Berwick, Wells and Ogunquit, are designed to protect wildlife habitat, drinking water quality, outdoor education, public recreation and links to southern Maine’s cultural heritage. All were protected as part of a land-preservation effort known as the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative (MtA2C), which has been ongoing for a decade, said Doreen MacGillis, executive director of the York Land Trust, one of the participating organizations.

The land preservation groups include, among others, the Kittery and York land trusts, The Nature Conservancy, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Natural Resource Conservation Program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Together, the various public agencies and private organizations will continue to work over the next two decades to preserve 19,000 acres as part of a 48,000-acre network of connected lands.

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