Conservation group completes deal to buy portion of Clapboard Island in Casco Bay

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.

FALMOUTH, Maine — As expected last week, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust officially purchased the northeast half of Clapboard Island from Clapboard Island East LLC on Aug. 15.

The 15 acres will be open as a public preserve.

More than 175 individuals and several organizations supported the $1.4 million acquisition, including lead gifts from the town of Falmouth, the Land for Maine’s Future Program and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The island came on the market in 2011. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust had until Aug. 15 to raise the funds before the land would have gone back on the open market.

A cottage and two acres on the island also will be sold to one of the island’s previous owners, with proceeds going toward the public project.

The Maine Coast Heritage Trust will be putting signs on the island to mark what land is public and private.