Land Trust receives $5,500 grant

Dec 31, 2013

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 and 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 the wonderful opportunity to explore a truly wild place close to home."

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 more than 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.

For more information on the land trust, please visit www.coastalmountains.org. For information on the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

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