BELFAST — Bank of America recently donated 68 acres of undeveloped land beside Route 3 to Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
The land trust is considering a broad range of uses for the preserve, from community gardens to timber and firewood production.
The new preserve is primarily forested by hemlock groves and second-growth hardwoods and softwoods. Some of the forests are on upland soils, others in wetlands. The wetlands and upland forests offer valuable habitats for wildlife, plus the potential for public trails.
An ecological inventory will be conducted to identify the presence of any special species and natural communities, as well as opportunities and limitations for potential uses.
When the work is completed and suitable public access improvements installed, the land trust will hold an official opening of the new preserve. In the meantime, the preserve is open for the public to explore, although there are no maintained trails or parking area.
The land trust welcomes suggestions from organizations and individuals concerning future uses of the new preserve.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has permanently conserved land since 1986 to benefit the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay. To date, it has protected almost 6,800 acres in the region for their natural, scenic and public recreation values. For information on the land trust, visit coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091.