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Maine Acquires Conservation Easement on Nearly 22K Acres
12/18/2012 03:44 PM ET  

The property wraps around the village of Grand Lake Stream and is adjacent to the Downeast Lakes Land Trust's 33,708-acre community forest.


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An effort to preserve nearly 22,000 acres of recreational Maine land is complete. Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry officials say the state has acquired a conservation easement on the property in Grand Lake Stream from the Lyme Timber Company.

The property wraps around the village of Grand Lake Stream and is adjacent to the Downeast Lakes Land Trust's 33,708-acre community forest. The land trust negotiated the conservation easement agreement with Lyme Timber, officials say.

The easement was funded with a combination of state, federal and private money, state officials say. It includes 17 miles of shoreline on West Grand, Big and Lower Oxbrook lakes, and conserves a quarter-mile on the west side of Grand Lake Stream above Big Falls.

Officials say it protects 93 miles of frontage on streams, including a number of native brook trout streams. The agreement also allows the state to build a new carry-in boat access on the east shore of West Grand Lake.


 

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