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Schoodic to Schoodic Initiative

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is working in partnership with Frenchman Bay Conservancy to fulfill a regional conservation vision for a “Schoodic to Schoodic corridor”—a landscape-scale ecological corridor linking the State of Maine’s Donnell Pond Unit with the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park. Timely conservation of three key “stepping stones” of conserved land—Forbes Pond, Lower West Bay Pond, and West Bay Pond—is critical to realizing this vision.

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Positive Impact

Over the past three decades, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has partnered with private landowners, state agencies, and non-profit organizations to conserve the peaks, shores, and woodlands surrounding Tunk Lake and Donnell Pond in eastern Hancock County. To date, over 27,000 acres of contiguous land has been protected in eastern Hancock County within the Schoodic to Schoodic corridor. We now look to conserve important wetland habitat on and around Forbes Pond, Lower West Bay Pond, and West Bay Pond in the interest of:

Habitat Protection and Connectivity

The Schoodic to Schoodic corridor includes one of the largest blocks of minimally fragmented wildlife habitat left in Maine’s coastal zone. Interconnected streams, wetlands, and large blocks of upland forest allow wide-ranging mammals, wading birds, and waterfowl to move unimpeded through various habitats.

Scenic Resources

Protection of scenic resources throughout the Schoodic corridor and adjacent to Acadia National Park holdings is a priority of our conservation efforts.

Recreation and Access

MCHT is working to develop outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the corridor and maintain public access to the land and water for traditional uses like hunting, camping, and fishing.

Community and Land Use

Members of the MCHT staff are working with conservation partners on a community engagement plan to engage municipal and local leaders. And to identify specific projects and goals that will address other community needs.

Next Steps

MCHT seeks to raise funds for:

  • Forbes Pond
  • West Bay Pond
  • Lower West Bay Pond Connector

A successful effort will be a catalyst for continued landscape-scale conservation of the Schoodic to Schoodic corridor.

How You Can Help

To support this initiative, or to make a gift, please contact:

Nicky Blanchard
Director of Development

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Maine Office
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086

Bob DeForrest
Project Manager

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Mt. Desert Island Office
1034 Main Street
Somesville, ME 04660