SEARSPORT — Coastal Mountains Land Trust has acquired a 25-acre property along Mill Brook, just minutes away from town off Mount Ephraim Road, thanks to a donation from Jim and Linda Babb.

The new Mill Brook Preserve permanently conserves land on a mile-long stretch of stream, just north of Route 1 and town. The Mill Brook Preserve is the land trust’s second preserve in Searsport.

A 10-minute walk from town leads to a heavily forested section of brook that is natural, secluded and quiet. The preserve will be accessible to students and classes at the Searsport District schools via an old woods road from behind the schools’ ball fields that leads to Mount Ephraim Road, right by the entrance to the preserve.

According to a press release, Coastal Mountains Land Trust is currently building a “high-quality” hiking trail, rebuilding a bridge, and adding signage to the preserve. Once finished, the trail will allow for quick access for hikers, birders, fishermen and hunters to the banks of Mill Brook. A public trail opening will be held once it is completed this fall.

Jim and Linda Babb have lived by Mill Brook since 1976. “Thanks to their generosity and foresight, this amazing portion of Mill Brook will be permanently preserved for those who come after,” the press release said. Jim, who is editor emeritus of Gray’s Sporting Journal, wrote about Mill Brook in his 1999 book “Crosscurrents: A Fly Fisher’s Progress” (The Lyons Press):

“Over the past 30 years I’ve fished from the Arctic to Patagonia, from Scotland to Midway Island. But my true love is fishing for herring-size brook trout on nameless little streams. Dozens are within a short drive of my house, but my favorite is only a two-minute walk from the back door.”