Downeast Lakes Land Trust built the Trail to Tomorrow on forest land it bought using proceeds from selling carbon offset credits. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

LAKEVILLE, Maine — A community foundation’s land protection grants will preserve hundreds of acres of forests, farms and shoreline in Maine this year.

The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Land Protection grant program has awarded $250,000 to eight nonprofit groups in the state for the project.

One of the grantees, Downeast Lakes Land Trust, will acquire more than 2,000 acres in Lakeville to expand its Downeast Lakes Community Forest project, the foundation said. Kittery Land Trust will preserve 30 acres for use as an outdoor center for students, farmers and others, it said.

The foundation said another grantee is Maine Farmland Trust, which will buy an easement on a new location for Liberation Farms, a cooperative led by the Somali Bantu Community Association.

The community foundation launched the land protection program last year.