ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Two nonprofit conservation organizations have transferred ownership of a 37-acre parcel on Lower Hadlock Pond in Mount Desert to the national park.
The parcel includes 1,600 feet of frontage on the pond and a network of trails that have been used for recreation for more than 100 years, according to a statement released Tuesday by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and by Friends of Acadia.
The two groups have been working together since 2005 to raise money and acquire land from willing sellers that are inside the park’s expansion limit set by Congress in 1986. MCHT and FOA have been working to acquire land around Lower Hadlock Pond, the drinking water reservoir for the Mount Desert village of Northeast Harbor, since 2009.
David MacDonald, president of Friends of Acadia, said in the statement that money from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund were used at various stages of the project to conserve portions of the property.
Conservation of the land has ensured continued public access to the pond and surrounding trails as well as protection of the water supply, the statement indicated. The groups originally purchased the land from the Mount Desert Water District, which used the proceeds to make capital improvements in water delivery infrastructure and ensure a clean public water supply for years to come.
“We’re fortunate that partners such as MCHT and FOA, and individual donors, are willing to help the National Park Service acquire these inholdings and ensure they are permanently preserved as part of our collective American heritage that millions of visitors come to enjoy each year,” Sheridan Steele, superintendent of Acadia National Park, said in the release.