TRENTON, MAINE – Friends of Acadia is pleased to share the news that a 216-acre gift of land has been accepted by the Town of Trenton and its residents. At the Trenton Selectmen’s meeting on December 10, FOA president David MacDonald and conservation director Stephanie Clement formally donated a parcel of land located behind the Acadia Gateway Center on Route 3 to the Town of Trenton. Trenton selectman Susan Starr worked with FOA to facilitate the gift. She comments that for her, “the land behind the Acadia Gateway Center, complete with lovely nature trail, represents something necessary to a healthy community, yet something that Trenton did not have. It is a site open to the public—residents and visitors—which is not designed for a specific municipal purpose. It can be what the user wants it to be; a place for recreation, for exploration, or even for meditation. During all four seasons, it will bring enjoyment to all ages and to any number of people at one time. It is a luxury and a necessity. For a town to have a piece of property for the purpose of Leisure is truly a step toward a stronger community. This is a wonderful gift for Trenton.”
The property was part of the “Crippens Creek” land that FOA purchased in 2007; after selling a portion to the Maine DOT to construct the Acadia Gateway Center, FOA enlisted community volunteer support to construct a recreational trail through the remaining portion, providing public access to the intact woodland and dwarf shrub bog hidden in Trenton’s interior. Featuring a bridge over a tranquil forest stream and a boardwalk and viewing platform out to the bog, the trail was inaugurated last spring and saw significant use during its first summer. Says MacDonald, “We have been so pleased by the dedication and involvement of the residents of Trenton in planning and building the Trenton Community Trail in recent years, and this conveyance of title to the land was the logical next step to ensure long-term local stewardship.”
Prior to transfer of the land to the Town, FOA worked with its partners at Maine Coast Heritage Trust to draft a set of permanent conservation restrictions for the property that prevent development and ensure its long term availability for public benefit and conservation values, such as wildlife, recreation, or resource-sensitive timber harvests by the town.
Photo: Fred Ehrlenbach, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, (right) and FOA president David MacDonald celebrate the donation of 261 acres to the Town of Trenton. FOA photo.