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Over 50,000 Maine acres to be protected by conservation push

"[The projects] will ensure that more people will have access Maine’s special places, our amazing landscape, and water resources."

Medawisla Lodge and Cabins, Maine Woods, Maine. Cait Bourgault


FAYETTE, Maine (AP) — More than 50,000 acres of land around Maine will be conserved as part of a land protection drive, according to a charitable foundation.

The Maine Community Foundation said funding for the 15 conservation projects involved in the effort totals $619,000. The group said it awarded $145,000 while the rest of the money is from donors.

The conservation projects include a $15,000 grant to the Kennebec Land Trust for an acquisition project in Fayette that will protect a wetland buffer zone, the foundation said. A $49,000 grant to Bangor Land Trust will conserve more than seven acres of Wabanaki homeland for cultural uses, it said.

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The foundation said the Coastal Mountains Land Trust will also receive $9,000 toward the acquisition of 64 acres as part of the Mt. Tuck Preserve in Stockton Springs and Prospect.

“[The projects] will ensure that more people will have access Maine’s special places, our amazing landscape, and water resources,” said Maggie Drummond-Bahl, director of philanthropy at the foundation.

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