Sale expands acreage, public access opportunities on Northport preserve

Feb 04, 2014

Elisabeth Wolfe and Michael Cunning recently sold to Coastal Mountains Land Trust two parcels of land that will add 11 acres to its McLellan-Poor Preserve in Northport. To facilitate the sale, Wolfe and Cunning generously donated partial value of one of the parcels to the Land Trust.

The Land Trust received the McLellan-Poor Preserve in 2007 as a bequest from Hugh McLellan Russell facilitated by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. The 66-acre property comprised two unconnected parcels located near the Belfast-Northport town line: one larger section stretching north from Route 1 along the Belfast Water Company's Little River Reservoir, and another section lying a few hundred yards further north. The recent acquisition from Wolfe and Cunning will not only increase the size of the preserve, but more importantly, will bridge the preserve's two original sections. One of the two new parcels also provides viable access to the preserve from Herrick Road.

Development of public access to the newly-unified McLellan-Poor Preserve will now be feasible. The Land Trust will evaluate the site in the year ahead and plan a four-season trail from Route 1 to Herrick Road, to be completed in 2015. The trail, anticipated to be about a mile in length, will wind through varied scenic terrain featuring ravines incised by brooks and rolling, forested uplands.

Scott Dickerson, the Land Trust's Land Acquisition Coordinator, noted the land owners' conservation-minded spirit: "Not only do we celebrate Elisabeth's and Michael's generous help in connecting the preserve, but this is the second critical deal we've made with them! In 1996 they helped launch our very successful effort to protect the Ducktrap River by selling to us one of the first parcels for that project."

For more information please visit www.coastal or call (207) 236-7091.

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