Lower Hadlock Pond in winter FILE PHOTO

Local project part of strong year for coastal conservation

TOPSHAM — The Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) and Friends of Acadia acquisition of a 37-acre parcel at Lower Hadlock Pond and transfer of that property to Acadia National Park was one of many projects in a banner year for land conservation in the state in 2014.

The gift to Acadia included 1,600 feet of pond frontage and a network of historic hiking trails. The deal ensures continued public access to those trails and protection of the Lower Hadlock Pond, which is Northeast Harbor’s municipal water supply.

In 2014, MCHT projects ranged from protecting popular hunting and fishing areas to expanding downtown riverfront access to ensuring scenic islands remain available to the public for outdoor exploration.

“Maine voters and local communities continue to recognize land conservation as an integral part of creating a healthier and more prosperous Maine,” said Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) President Tim Glidden. “These targeted investments increase public access to the land and protect our state’s natural resource infrastructure.”

State and local funding were instrumental in leveraging gifts from private individuals, local businesses, community organizations and the federal government. Land for Maine’s Future Program dollars are typically matched at a nearly 3-to-1 ratio, greatly improving the state’s return on investment.

Land conservation activities were boosted in mid-July when the state’s Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program approved the allocation of more than $9 million to support 30 proposals across the state, including more than a dozen coastal projects.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is a statewide land conservation organization committed to protecting the character of Maine. Since 1970, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has permanently protected more than 140,000 acres in Maine, from the Isles of Shoals to Cobscook Bay, including more than 300 entire coastal islands. Visit www.mcht.org.

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