Monmouth lands to be protected from development
MONMOUTH – A 273 acre parcel that includes forests, wetlands, open fields and 3,670 feet of shoreline on Lake Annabessacook will be forever protected from most types of development.
Landowners Charlie Jacobs and Rebecca Stanley on Monday donated a conservation easement to the Kennebec Land Trust, preventing development of the land, other than minor residential development on a 17-acre portion of the property, or certain structures. farming elsewhere on the property.
No residential, commercial or industrial development will be authorized on the major part of the property, according to the conservation easement.
“We would like to preserve the property and not develop it, and that was the way to do it,” Jacobs said of why the couple donated the conservation easement. “Whether our children inherit it or we sell it or whatever, it will remain underdeveloped. This is the key point.
unlike most Kennebec Land Trust projects, the easement will not allow public access to private land. The Winthrop-based land trust also does not intend to develop hiking trails on the property.
The easement, however, preserves what land trust officials have said to be a spectacular panoramic view of Macomber Road of forests and fields, an unspoiled shoreline on Annabessacook, and sweeping views of Mount Pisgah and the mountains to the west. .
It includes 123 acres of woodlands, 79 acres of wetlands, 58 acres of open fields and over 3,670 feet of undeveloped shoreline on Annabessacook.
Trust officials said the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has mapped parts of the property as containing high to moderate value waterfowl and wading habitat. Farmers in the area are harvesting hay from the property’s fields, which Jacobs says will continue.
“This is a really great place for wildlife, and I hope it will lead to more conservation in Monmouth,” said Howard Lake, co-chair of the land trust’s land committee. “A conservation easement allows them to ensure that the property will remain largely underdeveloped in the future.
“They have been excellent stewards since owning it, and I’m sure they will continue to be. Many people have taken good care of their properties, take great pride and want to see them maintained this way and not developed.
Kim Vandermeulen, chairman of the land trust board, said Maine is under increasing development pressure, including converting forests and farmland to other uses. He said undeveloped land sequester and store carbon, so conservation projects like this one, dubbed the Jacobs-Stanley easement, protect woodlands and wetlands and help fight climate change.
Lake said preventing development on the shoreline could improve Annabessacook’s water quality.
Jacobs and Stanley bought the property in 2008 from Fred Woolworth, and the property was once part of the vast Woolworth Estate. They said they love the land and it was also important for them to help protect the water quality of the lake by preventing the development of riparian properties.
Land trust officials note on the nonprofit organization’s website that the potential tax benefits associated with conservation easements include tax, estate and land relief.
The Kennebec Land Trust now holds easements over 2,360 acres in the Kennebec River and Lakes area, and owns over 4,600 acres.
On these 4,600 acres, the Land Trust offers 54 miles of trails open to the public for outdoor recreation, including hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, skiing and nature viewing.
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