This fall, Maine Coast Heritage Trust worked with partners to complete the latest chapter in the protection of the Schoodic Peninsula as Schoodic Woods LLC donated a conservation easement to Acadia National Park that permanently conserves 1,400 acres of land that is adjacent to the park.
A culmination of a deal announced in 2011, the conservation easement fulfills an option that MCHT purchased from the landowner to guarantee a conservation outcome for the property. The property, including an additional 1,800 acres to the north, was long slated for resort development before Schoodic Woods LLC purchased it in 2011 with help from MCHT and Friends of Acadia.
"We are delighted that Schoodic Woods has donated this conservation easement to Acadia National Park," said Tim Glidden, MCHT President. "It is an extremely generous gift that will benefit current and future generations who love this special region of Maine's coast."
The easement restricts future development and timber harvesting on the property and sets the stage for the construction of recreational improvements. In addition, the deal will assure protection of critical wildlife habitat as well as more than a mile of spectacular shoreline, and allow for public access on the land once the recreational improvement are completed.
Schoodic Woods LLC has been working with Bar Harbor-based landscape designers Coplon Associates on a plan to construct recreational improvements on the property to enhance opportunities for visitors to enjoy the remarkable visual, aesthetic, and ecological qualities of this property and explore the more remote Schoodic District of Acadia National Park. The plan includes a network of bicycle trails and footpaths that will link to Acadia, a campground orientation center, and a day use parking area with a transit stop for the Island Explorer. They anticipate completing the improvements over the next several years.