Island easements offered to Acadia



SWAN’S ISLAND — Three generations of the far-flung MacDuffie family have offered Acadia National Park a conservation easement on 127 acres they own at Seal Cove on Swan’s Island.

The Acadia Advisory Commission voted last Monday to recommend that the park accept the easement.

Ben Emory, chairman of the commission’s lands committee, described the property as “a spectacular piece of shorefront.”

“It’s a wonderful thing you’re doing,” he told members of the MacDuffie family who attended the advisory commission meeting. They included John MacDuffie, who lives in Bass Harbor.

His granddaughter, Kate, who lives in Seattle, said following the advisory commission meeting that family members decided they wanted the future of the Swan’s Island property to be settled.

“We have always firmly felt we didn’t want there to be development beyond the one kind of modest house that’s there now, and we’re leaving open the option to build a second house,” she said. “But we didn’t ever want any more than that.”

She said she has spent many summers on Swan’s Island.

“It’s the dearest place in the world to me. We really care about preserving it and keeping it looking the way it looks now forever.”

Sutton Island easement

The Acadia Advisory Commission also voted to recommend that the park accept an easement on 22 acres at the eastern end of Sutton Island.

“It’s highly visible as you come in through the Eastern Way,” Emory said. “The easement would prohibit all buildings.”

The property is owned by Guillemot Vonnegutt LLC.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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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. dbroom@mdislander.com
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