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Frenchman Bay Conservancy Awarded $15,000 to Improve Access and Trails on Historic Property in Ellsworth

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Supported 27 Projects Totaling $325,000 Through Lottery Ticket Proceeds

 

HANCOCK—At a May 9th meeting, the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF) awarded $15,000 to Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC). With the funding, the Hancock-based land trust will create a parking area and improve a public trail on the Jordan Homestead Preserve in Ellsworth.

Meeting earlier this month, the MOHF Board awarded $325,000 to 27 of the 46 grant applications. The MOHF Board awards grants twice a year from the proceeds of sales of scratch lottery tickets. A complete list of funded projects will soon be posted online.

FBC’s application ranked second out of 15 applications competing in the area of “Acquisition and management of public lands, parks, wildlife conservation areas and public access.” Additionally, the City of Ellsworth is matching the grant with a $2,500 contribution.

“This grant money will allow FBC to create a great asset for the Ellsworth community. We plan to leverage this money with community volunteers to build the trails, and hope that everyone makes plans to come and help out this summer,” said Kat Deely, FBC’s Land Protection Manager. FBC has already begun the process to create a public parking area on the Bayside Road. The land trust also scheduled volunteer days on Wednesdays and every third Saturday through the October. Many of those volunteer days will focus on improving the 1-mile loop trail that reaches the Union River.

Local residents first alerted FBC when the property came on the market. The group later acquired the historic 31-acre parcel in November 2017. The conservation organization plans to engage Ellsworth residents in future programs on the preserve, which protects clean water, wildlife habitat, and a place for public recreation.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that conserves distinctive ecosystems, lands, and waters from the Union River and Frenchman Bay watersheds east to the Hancock County line. Founded in 1987, the conservation organization has protected 8,000 acres and maintains over 28 miles of public hiking trails. If you would like to help build the Jordan Homestead trail, visit www.frenchmanbay.org to sign up or find more information.

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund has supported critical wildlife and conservation projects throughout the state since it was created by the Maine Legislature in 1996, in response to a grassroots effort from environmental and sportsman’s groups.

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