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News Stories 2013 - 2014

PHOTO: Passy Rail Trail receives support from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation (3/6/14)

Bargain sale expands acreage, public access opportunities on Northport preserve (2/3/14)

Land Trust receives grant to support work in Hurds Pond watershed (12/30/13)

Land Trust announces next Executive Director (10/25/13)

Land donation conserves key wetland buffer in Hurds Pond watershed (10/1/13)

Conservation easement donation by Point Lookout expands protection on Knights Pond (9/3/13)

Making connections on Bald Mountain: New acquisition expands Bald Mountain Preserve (7/10/13)

ARCHIVED NEWS STORIES (2008-2012)

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BANGOR SAVINGS BANK FOUNDATION SUPPORTS PASSY RAIL TRAIL

Present for the "big check" hand-off at Belfast City Hall: (front, from left) Chris Lobley and Cathy Reynolds of Bangor Savings Bank; Courtney Collins and Kristen Lindquist of Coastal Mountains Land Trust; (rear, from left) Doug Sensenig of Coastal Mountains Land Trust; Joe Slocum, Belfast City Manager; and Manley Rogers and Sean Ociepka of the Passy Rail Trail Campaign Committee.

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BARGAIN SALE INCREASES ACREAGE, EXPANDS PUBLIC ACCESS OPPORTUNITIES ON NORTHPORT PRESERVE

(NORTHPORT)--Elisabeth Wolfe and Michael Cunning recently sold to Coastal Mountains Land Trust two parcels of land which will add 11 acres to its McLellan-Poor Preserve in Northport. To facilitate the sale, Wolfe and Cunning generously donated partial value of one of the parcels to the Land Trust.

The Land Trust received the McLellan-Poor Preserve in 2007 as a bequest from Hugh McLellan Russell facilitated by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. The 66-acre property comprised two unconnected parcels located near the Belfast-Northport town line: one, larger section stretching north from Route 1 along the Belfast Water Company's Little River Reservoir, and another section lying a few hundred yards further north. The recent acquisition from Wolfe and Cunning will not only increase the size of the preserve, but more importantly, will bridge the preserve's two original sections. One of the two new parcels also provides viable access to the preserve from Herrick Road.

Development of public access to the newly-unified McLellan-Poor Preserve will now be feasible. The Land Trust will evaluate the site in the year ahead and plan a four-season trail from Route 1 to the Herrick Road, to be completed in 2015. The trail, anticipated to be about a mile in length, will wind through varied, scenic terrain featuring ravines incised by brooks and rolling, forested uplands. 

One of the many scenic streams that lace the McLellan-Poor Preserve.

Scott Dickerson, the Land Trust's Land Acquisition Coordinator, noted the land owners' conservation-minded spirit: "Not only do we celebrate Elisabeth's and Michael's generous help in connecting the preserve, but this is the second critical deal we've made with them! In 1996 they helped launch our very successful effort to protect the Ducktrap River by selling to us one of the first parcels for that project."

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LAND TRUST RECEIVES $5,500 GRANT FOR CONSERVATION WORK IN HURDS POND WATERSHED

(CAMDEN)--Coastal Mountains Land Trust recently received a $5,500 grant from the Fund for Maine Land Conservation of the Maine Community Foundation to support ongoing conservation stewardship and land acquisition work in its Hurds Pond Focus Area in Swanville. The grant will support management planning in the coming year for the Land Trust's 211-acre Meadow Brook Preserve. It will also enable Land Trust staff to reach out to other focus area landowners interested in learning about conservation options for their property. The focus area comprises significant wildlife habitat and waterways that abut a wildlife management area owned by Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

"This grant will allow us to do the necessary work so we can plan for more trails and other ways for visitors to enjoy this beautiful landscape," said Ian Stewart, Stewardship Director for the Land Trust. "The pond, surrounding wetlands, and forest are rich with wildlife and offer wonderful the opportunity to explore a truly wild place close to home."

Canoing up a scenic inlet to Hurds Pond

Coastal Mountains Land Trust works to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay region. Since 1986, the Land Trust has conserved more than 9,300 acres, including 25 preserves with over 30 miles of trails.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit mainecf.org.

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LAND TRUST ANNOUNCES NEXT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(CAMDEN)--The Board of Directors of Coastal Mountains Land Trust is pleased to announce that Doug Sensenig has been chosen as the organization's next Executive Director. Sensenig will assume leadership of the nonprofit in February 2014, following the retirement of current Executive Director Scott Dickerson.

No stranger to land conservation, Sensenig helped draft and negotiate one of the first conservation easements held by Coastal Mountains Land Trust, on a family property on Fernalds Neck in Lincolnville in 1987. He has served six years on the Land Trust's Board of Directors, including a term as President. In addition, he brings with him experience from two years as Executive Director of the Hawai'i Island Land Trust in Kealakekua, Hawai'i, where he guided that organization through a merger with three others to form one statewide land trust. Sensenig's extensive background as an attorney and as an investment adviser will also serve him well in his oversight and management of the Land Trust. Sensenig, his wife Jennifer Bell, and their daughter Kate live in Camden.

Photo courtesy of Doug Sensenig

Sensenig said, "Coastal Mountains Land Trust has been a part of my life for over 25 years. It's been a story of people of all backgrounds coming together to make sure we pass on the same beautiful places that were left to us. It's a story of joy, remarkable success, and a lot of great laughs. I'm honored to help carry the torch that has been so ably borne by Scott Dickerson and the excellent staff over the years. Land conservation is vitally important to our communities. It isn't about fighting change--it's about communities changing for the better."

Jim Krosschell, Land Trust Board President, affirmed, "We are very fortunate to be able to hire someone who has technical expertise, infectious enthusiasm, and long-standing ties to this community. We're looking forward to Doug's tenure with the Land Trust with great anticipation."

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LAND DONATION CONSERVES KEY WETLAND BUFFER IN HURDS POND WATERSHED

(SWANVILLE)--Last fall Coastal Mountains Land Trust initiated an exciting conservation project in Swanville: landowners David Hauk and Patti Fry pledged to donate 162 acres of forests and wetlands on the north side of Hurds Pond in Swanville.

In early September of this year they completed that donation.

The donated property borders the state-owned Hurds Pond Wildlife Management Area, established through a 1984 donation of land, also by Hauk and Fry. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) manages the area with the objective to protect its high quality habitat for a wide array of species including wading birds and waterfowl. Its northern boundary follows the edge of the pond's wetlands, a contorted line that is almost impossible to identify on the ground. To rectify this, and to make stewardship of the wildlife management area and our new preserve easier, the Land Trust will transfer a substantial portion of Hauk and Fry's recent donation to IF&W. The land added to the management area will also include a buffer of uplands around the wetlands.

The Land Trust will retain 78 acres of the donated property, to be named the Hauk-Fry Tract of the Meadow Brook Preserve. There are no trails on the property at present, but during the next two years an ecological inventory will be completed on the property, which will inform a long-term management plan determining appropriate uses for the preserve.

In addition to the generosity of Hauk and Fry, this new conservation acquisition was advanced through another productive collaboration with Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Costs for boundary survey, legal and title work, long-term stewardship, and other transaction expenses were funded by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant and two anonymous funders.

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POINT LOOKOUT AND COASTAL MOUNTAINS LAND TRUST EXPAND PERMANENT PROTECTION OF KNIGHTS POND

(NORTHPORT)--Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center and Coastal Mountains Land Trust have completed a conservation easement that takes a significant step towards the permanent protection of the entirety of Knights Pond in Northport. By working with the Land Trust to conserve one of the few remaining properties on Knights Pond yet to be permanently protected, Point Lookout has generously agreed to allow this pristine 3.1-acre property to remain an important upland and shoreline habitat for a broad range of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and plants.

Carolyn Reckman, Managing Director of athena Point Lookout LLC expressed the organization's enthusiasm for this continued partnership:  "We are thrilled to support the further conservation of Knights Pond.  Preserving the natural character of this area is an important priority for us, as it is one of the most compelling reasons our guests are attracted to Point Lookout.  And we consider this partnership to be an important investment in the rich legacy of the ecosystem of the area."

The agreement, which allows Point Lookout to continue to provide recreational access to the pond for its guests, guarantees the scenic protection of an additional 1,232 feet of shorefront. The protected property is highly visible from the Town of Northport's public boat launch site on Knights Pond and is immediately adjacent to an additional 160.45 acres of Point Lookout property that is already protected by a conservation easement held by the Land Trust.

As one of the region's few remaining undeveloped ponds, Knights Pond and the uplands which surround it have long been considered a priority area for conservation efforts by numerous partnering organizations and state agencies. The relatively remote pond is known to host a broad range of wildlife species including deer, moose and bear. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has identified many important ecological values near the pond, including the occurrence of a rare dragonfly Ebony Boghaunter (Williamsonia fletcheri). In addition, the protected property is also immediately adjacent to a large deer wintering area identified by the state. Recent versions of the Town of Northport's Comprehensive Plan have promoted protection around Knights Pond in order to safeguard water quality and designate the pond as a special natural area.

Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center is a 396-acre facility located on the southeast face of Ducktrap Mountain overlooking Penobscott Bay in Northport and Lincolnville.  Purchased in 2011 by athenahealth, Inc. as a center for collaboration and creative problem-solving, it is also deeply committed to a healthy and active Maine woods experience for visitors and guests.  It is the largest meeting and conference center in Maine, supported by 106 cabins, a variety of recreational and team building activities such as ropes courses, disk golf, and kayaking, and includes a working organic farm that continues a local history of deep respect for the natural environment.   To learn more about Point Lookout, visit www.visitpointlookout.com.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust permanently conserves land to benefit the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay.  In its 27th year, the 9,182 acres of land it has conserved host 30 miles of trails and protect biological diversity, water resources, productive farms and forests, and scenic landscapes essential to our quality of place.  To learn more about the Land Trust and the Bald and Ragged Mountains Campaign, explore this website or call (207) 236-7091.

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NEW ACQUISITION EXPANDS BALD MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

(CAMDEN)--With a recent property purchase on Bald Mountain, Coastal Mountains Land Trust added 28 acres to its expanding Bald Mountain Preserve in Camden and Hope. The property is key to future trail expansion on the mountain, enabling the Land Trust to connect the existing Bald Mountain Trail with an extension over the scenic ridgeline to Howe Hill Road.

Soon after the Land Trust undertook its Bald and Ragged Mountains Campaign in 2003, initial conversations with Howard and Dorothy Wright began regarding conservation of their property. The Wrights had bought the parcel in 1967 and used it as a wild place for their family to enjoy and explore. Located high on the northern slopes of Bald Mountain, the undeveloped tract is crested by a natural cloister of trees surrounding a bald ledge.

Over the course of ten years, the Land Trust worked with other landowners to conserve multiple parcels on Bald Mountain that now make up the Bald Mountain Preserve. Last winter the circumstances were right for both the Wrights and the Land Trust to reach a purchase agreement for the tract. 

Scott Dickerson, Executive Director of the Land Trust, was grateful for the Wright’s ultimate decision to see the property conserved. "As is the case with all landowners, we worked cooperatively with the Wrights to reach a transaction that was good for them and us. They helped greatly by providing some short-term financing to provide us with time to raise the funds necessary to permanently conserve the property."

Acquisition of the Wright tract is a part of the Land Trust's ongoing Bald and Ragged Mountains Campaign--49% of the 3,470 acres on the two mountains is now conserved. This total includes the Camden Snow Bowl, a conservation easement held by Georges River Land Trust, and several conservation easements and two preserves protected by Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The 583-acre Bald Mountain Preserve and 478-acre Ragged Mountain Preserve provide an extensive network of public trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking.

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Archived News Stories

Note: Most news stories below are in PDF format. Please be patient if you see a white screen for awhile--some of the older stories contain images, which may slow the download process on your computer.

2012

Land Trust & Maine Water Company complete conservation of 203-acre Ragged Mountain property (12/20/12)

Letter of Commendation from US Representative Chellie Pingree in recognition of our Accreditation (10/3/12)

Land donated for new Bald Mountain Trailhead (9/27/12)

2012 Run for the Hills 10K Race Results (9/15/12): Overall Results and Winners by Age Category

From Bangor Daily News (6/9/12): Land trust to open unique Rockport picnic cottage on select days

Challenge Grant Leads Land Trust into Home Stretch with Ragged Mountain Conservation Project (4/19/12)

From Bangor Daily News (3/22/12): Hiking the Ducktrap River Preserve in the "Maine Matters" blog by Mike Webber

From Bangor Daily News (3/16/12): Bald Mountain Trail featured as a "one-minute hike" in the "Act Out with Aislinn" blog

Land Trust Gains First Preserve in Swanville (2/1/12)

Five Parties Cooperate to Conserve Ragged Mountain Land (1/12/12)

2011

LAND CONSERVATION SHOWS BIG GAINS DESPITE RECESSION (11/22/11)

2011 RUN FOR THE HILLS RACE RESULTS (9/10/11)

LAND TRUST RECEIVES GRANT SUPPORT FOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (8/29/11)

From the Bangor Daily News: My Favorite Places in Maine: Beech Hill Preserve (3/2/11)

LAND TRUST OPENS NEW SKI TRAILIN PARTNERSHIP WITH SNOW BOWL (1/27/11)

RAGGED MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION GAINS NEW MOMENTUM (1/13/11)

CMP LAND TRANSFER HELPS LAND TRUST END 2010 ON HIGH NOTE (1/5/11)

2010

From the Maine Sunday Telegram: a feature on our Beech Hill Preserve (11/20/10)

From the November - December issue of Maine magzine: "In Land We Trust," a feature by Maura Ewing on land trusts in Maine, including Coastal Mountains Land Trust (11/15/2010)

Executive Director Scott Dickerson's informational letter to the Camden Select Board regarding the Land Trust's conserved lands on Ragged Mountain in the context of potential wind power development there (mailed 8/23/10; posted here 10/8/10)

2010 RUN FOR THE HILLS RACE RESULTS (9/13/10)

LAND TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOINS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION COMMISSION (8/2/10)

LAND TRUST CONSERVES MORE THAN 8,000 ACRES BY END OF 2009 (1/6/2010)

2009

LAND TRUST COMPLETES FIRST PROJECT IN MORRILL (11/25/2009)

Wonderful Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine article on Beech Nut by Carol Des Lauriers Cieri, with photographs by Brian Vanden Brink (11/11/2009)

LAND TRUST COMPLETES BEECH HILL CAMPAIGN! (10/09/2009)

FIRST ANNUAL RUN FOR THE HILLS A RUNAWAY SUCCESS IN BELFAST (9/21/2009)

LAND TRUST TO PURCHASE KEY RIVERFRONT PROPERTY IN GREENWAY (9/10/2009)

ART FOR THE LAND: CONTOURS ART SHOW AT CARVER HILL GALLERY TO BENEFIT LAND TRUST (7/24/2009)

TOWN OF CAMDEN SIGNS RIVERWALK EASEMENT (5/1/2009)

BANK OF AMERICA DONATES BELFAST LAND TO LAND TRUST (1/30/2009)

2008

HATCHET MOUNTAIN PRESERVE OFFICIALLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (12/11/2008)

LAND TRUST RECEIVES GRANT FOR GATEWAY FROM MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (12/11/2008)

LAND TRUST RECEIVES AWARD FOR BEECH NUT FROM LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (12/11/2008)

LAND TRUST EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION - BECOMES ONE OF FIRST ACCREDITED LAND TRUSTS IN COUNTRY (10/10/2008)

BALD MOUNTAIN TRAIL PROTECTION COMPLETED WITH THOMAS PURCHASE (10/10/2008)

LAND TRUST PROTECTS RAGGED MOUNTAIN FARMLAND IN HOPE (8/21/2008)

BEECH NUT RECEIVES AWARD FROM MAINE PRESERVATION (5/29/2008)

LAND TRUST WELCOMES FIRST STEWARDSHIP ASSISTANT (5/2/2008)

OXTONS MAKE POSSIBLE KEY PURCHASE ON RAGGED MOUNTAIN (5/2/2008)

DONOR ADDS LAND TO FERNALD'S NECK PRESERVE (4/16/2008)

CELEBRATION TIME : FIRST PHASE OF BALD & RAGGED MOUNTAINS CAMPAIGN COMPLETED AND MORE LAND IS ON THE WAY! (2/1/2008)

LAND TRUST SURPASSES 6,000 ACRES AT TURN OF YEAR (1/4/2008)

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