Land Preserve hires design planning firms

MOUNT DESERT — The Land & Garden Preserve has hired a design team lead by Baltimore-based Unknown Studio Landscape Architecture & Urban Design to develop a comprehensive “framework plan” to guide the preserve’s future operations and stewardship.

The plan, which is to be completed by this fall, will document “environmental, historic and community factors that will include designs to improve operations, visitor experience, infrastructure and sustainability,” according to a Preserve press release.

“Goals of the plan include enhancing ecological conservation and promoting resilience to climate change.”

The Land & Garden Preserve owns and maintains Asticou Azalea Garden, Thuya Garden, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and the 1,000 acres of meadows, woods and water at Little Long Pond. All four properties are between Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor.

Several design and engineering firms will work with Unknown Studio on various aspects of the long-range design plan for the Preserve. They include Beyer Blinder Belle, a New York-based architecture firm, and SiteWorks, a New York-based firm that will work on operations and maintenance planning.

Other firms involved in the project will be the James W. Sewall Company of Old Town, SMRT Architects and Engineers of Portland, Faithful+Gould of Boston and

Moffatt & Nichol, an international maritime engineering firm based in Long Beach, Calif.

Several individuals with expertise in various fields will serve as advisors on the Preserve’s design planning project. They include biology professor Stephen Ressel and botanist Jill Weber of College of the Atlantic, Chris Newell, executive director of the Abbe Museum and Acadia National Park trail crew supervisor Christian Barter.

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. [email protected]
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