Thirty-seven acres of what is mostly marshland at Fresh Meadow in Bar Harbor has been given to Acadia National Park by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. ISLANDER PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

Acadia given Fresh Meadow parcel

BAR HARBOR — Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) has transferred ownership of a 37-acre parcel of land at Fresh Meadow, on the north side of Crooked Road, to Acadia National Park.

The property is within the boundary that Congress established for the park in 1986.

“This undeveloped property, which consists almost entirely of marsh, is highly ecologically significant,” MCHT said in a press release. “It provides a filter for waters emptying into Northeast Creek … and is home to a great diversity of vegetation.”

The property also has been identified as an area into which nearby salt marshes are likely to expand as the sea level rises.

“Salt marsh habitat is a key part of Maine’s ecosystem and supports the health and sustainability of our fisheries,” said MCHT Project Manager Misha Mytar.

MCHT is working to protect land that is currently upland from Mount Desert Island’s important marsh systems, such as Fresh Meadow, “so that as sea levels rise, the marsh may reestablish itself,” Mytar said.

The Fresh Meadow parcel was previously owned by Ralph and Mary Miro, who donated it to MCHT in 2016.

“We deeply appreciate the Miros’ generosity and spirit of philanthropy,” said Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider.

Federal dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund paid for a survey, title investigation and other work necessary for Acadia to accept the parcel.

Acadia staff regularly use the property to access research sites in Fresh Meadow.

“And paddlers occasionally explore this far upstream to enjoy the quiet beauty of Fresh Meadow and its cranberries,” MCHT said in the release.

The Miros donated the Fresh Meadow property as part of a larger conservation project that included the nearby lands at Jones Marsh. Their donation helped MCHT secure a $100,000 award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support conservation efforts at Jones Marsh.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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