Land trust unveils 216-acre preserve adjacent to Reid State Park in Georgetown

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.

GEORGETOWN, Maine — A 216-acre preserve connecting Morse Pond to a trail to Reid State Park will premiere in 2015.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, joined officials from the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust in Georgetown on Tuesday to announce the creation of Morse Pond Preserve and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the land trust.

The community land parcel will provide public access to Morse Pond with a connecting trail to Reid State Park, according to a release from KELT.

“I am proud to join with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust to celebrate a quarter century of land conservation across Maine and to mark yet another one of its many successes with the creation of the Morse Pond Preserve,” King said in the release. “Our state’s vast and beautiful landscape is one of its most important and cherished resources. As KELT well knows, it’s critical that we strive to preserve and enhance these resources for the benefit of our state’s economy and for the enjoyment of generations to come. I applaud KELT for its outstanding work on behalf of Maine.”

The $500,000 project was funded by the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program, Merrymeeting Bay Trust, The Evergreen Fund and KELT.

An additional $75,000 must still be raised to pay for a parking area, trail work, signage, bog bridges and a stewardship fund.

The project began in 2003 with the 35-acre Stone School Path parcel, according to the release.

The land for Reid State Park, Maine’s first state-owned saltwater beach, was donated by Georgetown resident Walter Reid in 1946.

The Morse Pond area of Georgetown — bordered by Route 127, Seguinland Road, Indian Point Road and the state park — is part of a 1,862-acre natural area.