CASCO, Maine — A Maine land trust is hoping to raise $700,000 to purchase and preserve a scenic hill spot in the town of Casco so it remains open to the public.
The Loon Echo Land Trust received its first major pledge for the project to buy 27 acres on Hacker’s Hill last week when Casco residents voted at town meeting to donate $75,000.
The hilltop clearing went up for sale in the fall of 2009.
The land trust began negotiating to buy the property after it was put on the market.
The Portland Press Herald says the group is planning to launch its fund-raising campaign next month when the land trust expects to find out if it will receive a $350,000 grant from the state’s Land for Maine’s Future program.