The David and Carol Hancock Charitable Trust have donated 325 acres of land on Highland Lake to the The Lakes Environmental Association.

The watershed land in Bridgton, home to vernal pools, beaver marsh, and lowland spruce-fir forest, “is a superb addition to LEA’s conservation, education and recreation lands,” Peter Lowell, executive director of the lakes association, said. “This generous gift will assure protection of a significant portion of Highland Lake’s watershed and will provide researchers with a rich variety of study sites for a range of work.” 

According to ecosystem management consultant Rick Van Der Poll, the property is a diverse wetland that is home to beaver, mink, otter and moose.

The lakes association, a Bridgton-based non-profit, studies water quality threats and watershed land uses that affect lake health in western Maine. 

Carol Hancock, center right, presents the deed to the High Lake property to LEA President Orrin Shane, center left, while Treasurer Julie McQueen, left, and Executive Director Peter Lowell bear witness. 

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