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					North Haven                                                                    NHCP Hats and T-Shirts for Sale!
Community Address                                                              We have a re-stocked supply of NHCP hats and t-shirts
and Telephone Directory


                                                                                                                                                                                      Ebb & Flow
                                                                               available for purchase at our Waterman’s office.
for Sale by NHCP                                                               Suggested donation:
   NHCP is creating a North Haven                                              Hats: $17 Adult T-Shirt: $12 Youth T-Shirt: $10
Community directory of addresses and              They make excellent holiday gifts! • Stop by and make your selection while they last.
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phone numbers for all North Haven
residents (seasonal and year-round). We                                                                                                                                               Conserving land for people, wildlife and North Haven’s future
will be selling the directories for $10 each,
all proceeds to benefit NHCP. To purchase
                                                We need your support!
one, please stop by the NHCP office, on         Membership Card: I would like to help conserve North Haven’s special places.                                                                                                         NEWSlETTER M a y 2 0 0 8
the second floor of Waterman’s.
                                                                    Here is my contribution of:
Coming In Summer 2008:                                                 $10-$49 Friend                   $50 - $99 Steward

• Summer Walks
                                                                       $100-$499 Patron                 $500+ Benefactor                  NHCP Receives Two Exceptional Easements on North Shore
• NHCP/NHA&E Art                                                                                                                          Miner Easement Extends
  Workshops                                      Name _________________________________________________________                           View Protection and Provides
• Burnt Island Day
• Annual Meeting: August 7                       Address ________________________________________________________                         Public Access to North Shore

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• And more!                                      _______________________________________________________________                                hink about how many times
Check our website for updates.                                                                                                                  you’ve found yourself on foot,
                                                 Telephone ______________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                          pedaling or driving on the North
CORRECTION: In our last newsletter               E Mail __________________________________________________________                        Shore Road and had that show-
( January 2007) we mistakenly identified                                                                                                  stopper view across the Miners’ fields
Oak Island as protected by a conservation        • Please make your check payable to NHCP. Your donation is tax-deductible.
easement donated to MCHT in 1994. In                                                                                                      and western bay slow you to a crawl, or
                                                 • Mail to: North Haven Conservation Partners, PO Box 336, North Haven, ME 04853
fact, the conservation project was never                                                                                                  stop you altogether. It doesn’t matter
completed and the privately-owned island                                              THANK YOU!                                          what the time of day or year. You’re as
is not protected by an easement.
                                                                                                                                          likely to endure a crisp northwesterly
                                                                                                                                          to look through wind-whipped tears
                                                                                                                                          at the Camden Hills on a day so
                     North Haven Conservation Partners                                                                                    clear you can count their trees as you
                     PO Box 336                                                                                                           are to stand in the silence of a dead-
                     North Haven, Maine 04853                                                                                             calm summer morning and marvel
                                                                                                                                          at the disconnected summit of Mt.           Heap Easement Protects Thirty-One Acres of Field and Forest
                                                                                                                                          Megunticook levitating on the early         and Provides Pedestrian Path Through Hidden Landscape

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                                                                                                                                          mist above an otherwise invisible                 HCP is delighted to announce the
                                                                                                                                          mainland. And what a place to watch               donation by Margot and David Heap of a            In This Issue
                                                                                                                                          the sunset!                                 conservation easement on approximately thirty         • NHCP to
                                                                                                                                             Ranny and Beth Miner donated             acres of undeveloped land along both sides              Participate in Maine
                                                                                                                                          a conservation easement over their          of North Shore Road, with 581 feet of shore             Land Trust Network’s
                                                                                                                                          property to NHCP at the end of                                                                      Circuit Rider Program
                                                                                                                                                                                      frontage on West Penobscot Bay. The property
                                                                                                                                          2007. Through their generosity,             is located north of Charlie Brown’s Pond. To          • NHCP and NHA&E
                                                                                                                                                              (continued on page 3)   the west, the property extends all the way to the       Co-sponsor Summer Art
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Workshops
                                                                                                                                                                                      bay and includes fields, forests and wetlands.
                                                                                                                                                                                      The easement provides for pedestrian public           • Ted Ames Packed the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grange for NHCP’s 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                      access along a footpath leading from the North          Annual Meeting
   Turner FarmWalk with Archeologist Bruce Borque,                                                                                                                                    Shore Road to the shore. This easement helps to
                      July 2007.                                                                                                                                                      establish a corridor of conservation land in the      • Role for Conservation in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              North Haven
                                                                                                                                                                                      vicinity of the Mill Stream that includes NHCP’s        Comprehensive Plan
                                                                                                                                                                                      Pulpit Harbor Bridge Property and the Mill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Changes on the Board
                                                                                                                                                                                      Stream property along the Middle Road.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (continued on page 3)

                                                                                                                                           North Haven Conservation Partners • PO Box 336 • North Haven, Maine 04853 • 867-2113 • www.northhavenconservation.org
                                        From           the        PresideNt                                                                         Ted Ames Packed the Grange for
                                                                                                                                                     NHCP’s 2007 Annual Meeting
    North haveN
    CoNservatioN
                                       T     his past year saw the completion
                                             of two signature projects. Not
                                       only have forty new acres been
                                                                                                                           l    ast August, the North Haven
                                                                                                                                Conservation Partners’ annual
                                                                                                                           meeting featured an extraordinary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the annual lobster stock. Similarly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ground fishermen used to work close to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    home. They had developed an intimate
                                       conserved in perpetuity but two public
    PartNers                           access points to the extraordinary
                                                                                                                           speaker. Ted Ames, 2005 MacArthur
                                                                                                                           Fellowship recipient known for his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    knowledge of the stock and were keenly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    aware of the 1995 collapse.
                                       beauty of the north shore of North                                                  ethnographic work on Penobscot Bay’s
    Board of Directors                                                                                                                                                                                              Applying a model of local groundfish
                                       Haven have been secured. Pedestrian                                                 cod fishery, addressed a Grange Hall
    Priscilla Cobb, President          trails on both properties will provide                                                                                                                                       zones similar to that of lobstering
                                                                                                                           so packed that it attracted mosquitoes
                                       beautiful walks and spectacular vistas                                                                                                                                       zones, Ames envisions replenishing
    Badge Blackett, Vice President                                                                                         from both Southern and Pulpit Harbors.
                                       for the public to enjoy. We are so                                                                                                                                           a groundfish stock that could be
    Caroline Macomber, Treasurer                                                                                           Accompanied by his wife, Robin Alden
                                       grateful for the donors’ generosity. (See                                                                                                                                    managed and harvested locally. Why
                                                                                                                           (the former Maine Commissioner of          knowledge with scientific research. Such
    Joe Stone, Secretary               page 1 for details and photographs.)                                                                                                                                         seek to rekindle this “old” industry when
                                                                                                                           Marine Resources), Ames spoke of           a fusion, however, was long in coming
    lydia Brown                                                                    perspective.) NHCP & NHA&E                                                                                                       lobstering seems to be doing fine? Well,
                                                                                                                           the need for local perspectives driving    as formal science has often eschewed
                                       Members of the NHCP Board                   also co-sponsored an environmental                                                                                               as lobstering now accounts for over 70%
    lois Cheston                                                                                                           the conservation and management of         local knowledge as unscientific hearsay.      of the dollars Maine’s fishing industry
                                       were very pleased that the Town             film series at Waterman’s in March      Maine’s fisheries.
    Pat Curtis                                                                                                                                                        Ames spent years studying log books and
                                       adopted the Comprehensive Plan at           2008. Providing funds for the recent                                                                                             generates annually, a collapse would be
    Keith Eaton                        Town Meeting in March. (See page            purchase of snow shoes for use by       A native of Vinalhaven and current         interviewing local fishermen who had          catastrophic for the precarious financial
    Ran Miner                          6.) The Comprehensive Planning              students in an outdoors program at      Deer Isle-Stonington resident, Ames        plied the groundfish stock for a living.      balance of Mid-Coast and Down East
    Executive Assistant                Committee should be congratulated           the North Haven Community School        has devoted his life to the fisheries of   His most significant discovery may just       Maine’s small coastal communities.
    Heather Cabot                      on its work and openness to so many         is another way that we continue to      Penobscot Bay. He knows them both          be that previously abundant cod stocks
                                                                                                                                                                      relied on the inshore topography (that        Ames’ vision integrates the traditional
                                       points of view. NHCP provided               promote and finance environmental       as a commercial lobsterman and as a
                                                                                                                                                                      within 25 miles of shore) for spawning,       independence of our local communities
    North haveN                        comments along the way, including           education initiatives.                  scientific researcher. Experience has
                                                                                                                                                                      nursing and feeding. Here, Ames was           with personal investment in fisheries
    CoNservatioN PartNers              during the Public Hearing. We are                                                   shaped Ames’ common sense vision. It
                                                                                                                                                                      able to connect the fishery’s collapse        management. Over-harvesting would
    PO Box 336                         optimistic that the consensus on            We are very pleased that NHCP’s         is a blend of his science studies at the
                                                                                                                                                                      and potential future with a different         guarantee an end to one’s livelihood.
    North Haven, ME 04853              the goal of balancing environmental         application to participate in the       University of Maine and his practical
                                                                                   “Circuit Rider Program” of the Maine                                               management perspective.                       Thus, a local fishing fleet has more
                                       and community sustainability will                                                   experience when forming the Stonington
    (207) 867-2113                                                                 land Trust Network (MlTN) has                                                                                                    at stake in maintaining a healthy
                                       bear f ruit, today, tomorrow and                                                    Fisheries Alliance and the Penobscot       Maine’s lobster fishery has long been
    nhcp@northhavenconservation.org    for a long time to come, to protect         been accepted. This will bring NHCP                                                                                              groundfish stock than does a trawler out
                                                                                                                           East Resource Center.                      managed locally. Working in specific
                                       and preserve North Haven’s unique           closer to meeting the land Trust                                                                                                 of Portland or Gloucester. It is a vision
                                                                                                                           The genius of Ames’ studies on             area zones, lobstermen work within sight      that simultaneously looks to sustaining
                                       natural heritage. The Plan reinforces       Alliance’s “land Trust Standards
                                                                                                                           groundfish (including cod, redfish,        of home. As they do not chase their           coastal Maine’s future while honoring
       Check out our website:          our mission and echoes Ted Ames’            and Practices.” (See page 3 for
                                                                                   more information about NHCP’s           haddock and flounder) comes in the         catch far off shore, they develop extensive   past traditions.
      www.northhavenconservation.org
                                       themes, voiced at our 2007 Annual
                                                                                   participation in this program.)         seemingly obvious move to fuse local       local knowledge on the ebb and flow
                                       Meeting, on the compatibility of
                                       protecting natural resources with
                                       sustaining local communities, when
                                       he spoke of the local management
                                                                                   As summer approaches, we look
                                                                                   forward to beginning our 2008 series
                                                                                                                                                            Changes on the NHCP Board
                                       of fisheries and the ecosystems
                                       that support them. (See page 7 for
                                                                                   of NHCP walks. Check our web
                                                                                   site for listings of dates, times and     A    fter more than a decade of devoted service and inspiring leadership, Nibs Nichols has stepped down from the
                                                                                                                                  NHCP Board. As many of our readers know, Nibs’ and Polly’s son Henry suffered serious injuries in a car
                                                                                                                             accident in January. He has made excellent progress so far, but his parents will remain focused in the coming months
                                       description of his talk.)                   locations. Break out your work gloves
                                                                                   and loppers: we will again be hosting     on helping him continue his recovery. They are always in our thoughts and hearts. A founder and former President
                                       Please enjoy the artwork featured           a trail maintenance day on Burnt          of NHCP, Nibs will continue to serve on the lands Committee, helping to select and guide future conservation
                                       in this newsletter and created by           Island. Our Annual Meeting will           projects. He remains devoted to NHCP and its mission of conserving the island’s special places for all to enjoy. We
                                       the island’s youth who participated         be held on August 7 at the Grange.        look forward to the time when he is able to return to the Board.
                                       in 2007 summer workshops co-                We hope to see you at one or more of      We are pleased to announce that Pat Curtis and Ran Miner have joined the NHCP Board. Pat is a founding Board
                                       sponsored by North Haven Arts and           these events!                             member and former president of NHCP. Ran has years of experience as a volunteer with a conservation organization
                                       Enrichment and NHCP. (See page                                                        in his home state of Minnesota and has a strong interest in conservation on North Haven. We welcome them to
                                       5 for pictures and descriptions of          With warm regards,                        the Board.
                                       the workshops, including a student’s        Priscilla Cobb
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    North Haven Conservation Partners                                                                                                     NHCP Co-Sponsors Summer Art Workshops for North Haven Youth
    gratefully acknomledges support from the following individuals and organizations who have made
    contributions between January 1, 2007 and May 1, 2008                                                                                 l    a s t s u m m e r No r t h H a ve n
                                                                                                                                               Conser vation Partners was
                                                                                                                                          delighted to join with North Haven
                                                                                                                                                                                         Bailey, the leader, and his wife worked
                                                                                                                                                                                         with the participants to select photos
                                                                                                                                                                                         to be printed. These were then matted
    Andrew Anderson-Bell             linda Darling                     David & Susie lawrence           Jim & Sandy Righter               Arts and Enrichment (NHA&E) to                 and displayed at Waterman’s. All the
    David & Holly Ambler             Mildred Davis                     Greta Brown layton               Bill Riley                        sponsor a series of Summer Workshops.          participants also received a CD of
    Tom & Pat Ambler                 Wells & leelie Dow                Bill lehr & Bouzha Cookman       Ken & Shaunagh Robbins            Geared to young people aged 5 to               their works.
    Dan & Joan Amory                 Pierre & Jenny duPont             Barry & Ellen levine             Hugh & Katherine Roome            18, there were two workshops on
    Warren & Margaret Arnold         Terry & Sally Eagle               Bryan lewis                      lavinia Rosenthal                                                                NHCP sponsored the watercolor
    Robert & Gail Bach               Keith Eaton                       George & Emmy lewis              Frank & Susan Ruch
                                                                                                                                          watercolor, one on photography and
    Dinah Barlow                     Jill Elisofon                     lion and Hare Fund               Ted & Priscilla Ruegg             one on film-making.                            workshop with Kelly Thorndike, which
    Bici Barron                      Jon Emerson                       Stephen & Ellen little           Ted & Hope Sage                                                                  was a great success. The group worked
    George & Carrie Bell             Bart English & Elin Elisofon      Tim & Elizabeth llewellyn        Bill & Jane Saltonstall                                                          at Pulpit Harbor on the property
    Charlotte Betancourt             Priscilla Fales                   Anna & Ruth lockwood             Alex & Jeannette Sanger                                                                                                           charge – a fact that surely encouraged
                                                                                                                                                                                         just over First Bridge recently given
    larry & Margaret Beverage        Shirley Fay-Harding               Jeffery lockwood                 Henri & Michelle Sans
    lowell Beveridge                 lee & Julie Folger                John & Caroline Macomber         Ed Schrag & linda Fountain                                                       to NHCP by the Ted and lansing                   a larger number of participants.
    Alfred Bigelow                   Chris & Betsy Forster             Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation      Mariellen Schwentker                                                             lamont families – a beautiful setting            NHCP covered the costs of the art,
    Tink Biggs                       Pablo & Bebe Gazmuri              Robert Magill                    Peter Scott                                                                      for budding Winslow Homers. The                  film and photography leaders and
    Jim & Nancy Bildner              Bruce & lueza Gelb                Phil & Mibs Mara                 Peter & Christian Scott-Hansen                                                                                                    the supplies.
    Badge & Tina Blackett            Greg Georgaklis & Eva Cahill      Violet Marshall                  Dick & lisa Shields
                                                                                                                                                                                         artists were given their supplies to
    Buff & Janet Bohlen              Patsy Gesell                      Bob & Minkie McAdoo              Sylvia Skinner                                                                   keep as well as their works.                     NHCP will again be co-sponsoring
    Anne Brainerd                    Peggy Gesell                      Eleanor McPeck                   lucy Smethurst
                                                                                                                                                                                         Thanks to the generosity of our                  art workshops with NHA&E this
    Charlie & Sarah Breed            Mike & Davye Gould                Guy & Caroline Merison           F. Clawson Smith & Olivia Holt
    Aggie Brengle                    Tom & Joan Guthrie                Edward & Margaret Merrens        Henry & Judy Smith                                                               supporters, NHCP was able to offer               coming summer. See the NHA&E
    Foy & lydia Brown                Barney & Christie Hallowell       Wilfred & Elizabeth Mills        Henr y Smith-Miller & laurie      NHCP sponsored the photography                 the courses they sponsored free of               Newsletter for details.
    Jim & Cynthia Brown              Gerry & Elinor Hallowell          Ranny & Beth Miner               Hawkinson
    Bruce & Joan Burnham             Bill & lynn Hamlen                Fanny Iselin Minot               Mark Speed & Sara Cobb
                                                                                                                                          and film workshops both of which
    Ruth Burr                        Tunie Hamlen                      Henry & lil Minot                Joe Stone & Nan lee               had themes of conservation and the
    Jon & Jody Bush                  Davis & Corinna Hammond           George & Suzanne Montgomery      Peter Strong                      beauty of the island. The four film-
    Richard Byrd                     John Hammond & Diana Hamilton     Jonathan Montgomery              Mary Swift                        makers, under the masterful direction
    Chip & Sarah Cabot               Morris Hancock & lin Peyton       Perry & liz Morgan               David & Adena Testa
    Dale Cabot                       John Hanson & Polly Saltonstall   Joseph & Julie Neilson           Anthony & Barrett Thacher         of Chandler Griffin, worked on Burnt
    Paul C. & Virgina C. Cabot       Bob & Diana Harding               John & Nelia Newell              Toby & Frances Thacher            Island, Ames Knob and Mullens
       Charitable Trust              Charles & Hope Hare               George & Audrey Nichols, Jr.     Barclay & lucy Tittmann           Head producing short documentaries
    Aaron & Heather Cabot            William & Ellen Harwood           Gimmy & Ellen Nichols            Harold & Yveline Tittmann
                                                                                                                                          that were screened publicly and the
    Mitch & Meg Cabot                Van Zandt & liz Hawn              Sam & Kit Nichols                Harold Tittmann, Jr.
    Paul & Jennifer Cabot            David & Margot Heap               David Parsons                    Russell & Aileen Train            DVDs made available to their makers.
    Sam & Doreen Cabot               Jeff Holmgren & Anita Spretus     Herbert Parsons                  David & Rosemary Traxel           NHCP also has copies for anyone
    lee & Eleanor Campbell           David Hopkins & David Wilson      Diana Wilcoc Patton              Cecily Vaughn                     interested in viewing these works.
    Jamie Carpenter & Toshiko Mori   June Hopkins                      Eliot & Janet Payson             lisa von Clemm
    Dan Cherneff & Prilly Cobb       Merton & Nancy Howard             Kim & Elisabeth Pendleton        Charles & Jane Walcott            The photography group was a large
    Brooke & Judith Cheston          Richard & Marie-Claude Howe       John & lydia Perkins             George & Mary Walker              one, 18 in all; they worked in the same
    Charley & lois Cheston           Tabsie Huber                      Bill & Maura Perkins             James & Sandra Walker
    Mary Fell Cheston                Jay & lea Iselin                  Norman Pettit                    George Warner & lisa Cunningham
                                                                                                                                          areas with digital cameras supplied to
    Morris & Cynthia Cheston         Paul & Ellie Jackson              Steven Phillips & Isabel Swift   David & Nancy Webb                those who did not have their own. Jon
    Harry & Joan Cobb                Bill & Missy Janes                Charlie Pingree & Susan Minot    Muriel Weckstein
    Jack & Ann Cobb                  Gordon & Faith Johnson            Hannah Pingree                   Emrys Westacott & Vicky Cobb
    Max Cobb & Rosemary Shea         David & Susan Jones               Sumner & Hope Pingree            Joe & Sarah Whinery                Over the summer, I took a digital video workshop at Waterman’s. It was sponsored by the
                                                                                                                                           North Haven Conservation Partners. We worked with Chandler, who lives in New York, for
    Payson & Kim Coleman             Bill & Priscilla Kennedy          Barbara Thacher Plimpton         Pen & Bev Williamson
                                                                                                                                           one week on videos about the island. I worked with some of my summer friends Gus, Parker,
    Douglas & Sandy Coleman          Dick & Hopeton Kimball            Fred & Helen Popp                Sam & Janet Williamson
                                                                                                                                           and Harrison. I was partnered with Harrison, and Gus and Parker were partners.
    Constance Crocker                Harriet Klosson                   Pete & Barbara Putnam            Dudley & Jennifer Winthrop
                                                                                                                                             We worked half of the week on gathering footage and photos for our films, and half putting
    Charlie & Georgia Cunningham     Bobbie & Tom lamont               larry & laura Rasmussen          Steven & Elvire Wolfram
                                                                                                                                           together our videos. Harrison and I made a movie about the Island’s beauty, and Gus and
    Chuck & Jeanne Curtis            Ted & Buz lamont                  Ron & Christine Reilly           Nina Wood
                                                                                                                                           Parker made a movie about not polluting our eco-system.
    Josephine Curtis                 lansing & Ada lamont              Jay Rhoads                       Jim & Nellie Worsley
                                                                                                                                              Harrison and I got some amazing footage. We got footage of jellyfish, a robin’s nest, the
                                                                                                                                           beach, trees, waves, and so much more. We had a lot of fun exploring and getting footage
     As this newsletter goes to press, we are receiving many donations in memory of George Nichols, Sr., who died on April 23, 2008.
                                                                                                                                           for our videos, and we had fun meeting and working with Chandler.
    (The names of those donors will be listed in our next newsletter.) A life-long summer resident of North Haven, George and his wife       I’m sure that everyone was as sad as me when the workshop was over. I am looking forward
    Audrey have been enthusiastic and generous supporters of NHCP since its inception. We extend our sympathy and gratitude to the         to doing the workshop next year, and making another great movie.
    Nichols family.
                                                                                                                                           Craig Waterman, Age 13.

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    Role for Conservation in North Haven’s Recently                                                                        Miner Easement
                                                                                                                           (continued from page 1)
                                                                                                                           the easement donation permanently
                                                                                                                                                                     and require the landowners to mow
                                                                                                                                                                     the land annually. The Miners also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                along North Shore Road down to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                beach.
             Adopted Comprehensive Plan                                                                                    protects the view, and accomplishes
                                                                                                                           a host of other valuable conservation
                                                                                                                                                                     own about 900 feet of shoreline. They
                                                                                                                                                                     agreed to include public access across
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   While the Miners have been actively
                                                                                                                                                                                                                involved in conservation efforts in their



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                                                                                                                                                                     their property to the shore in their       home state of Minnesota, their long
    n March, North Haven Town Meeting voted to                 •   “Establish a fund to assist in critical conservation    objectives that are of high priority to
                                                                                                                                                                     gift. A public trail will be constructed   standing attachment to the North
    adopt a Comprehensive Plan. The next step is for               purchases or stewardship endowments. At a               NHCP, most notably the objectives
                                                                                                                                                                     and blazed from a small turn out area      Haven community prompted their
    the plan to be accepted by the State. The 190-page             minimum, the key rural assets identified will be made   of enhancing the quality of existing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                desire to protect forever the spectacular
document represents almost four years of work by the               known to conservation organizations to guide their      conservation land and providing public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                views across Penobscot Bay and to
Comprehensive Plan Committee, comprised of a dozen                 prioritization.”                                        access to the shore. The Miner’s land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                provide access to their beach for all
year-round residents and led by Jeff Crawford and laura                                                                    shares its northeastern boundary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                islanders. As Ranny and Beth said,
Jermann. The plan is “an inventory of current conditions       Recreation:                                                 with the fields of the Pettit property,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “We are fortunate to have such a
and a guide for future development in the community.”                                                                      which are already protected by a view
                                                                                                                                                                                                                beautiful site along the North Shore
It includes recommendations which are advisory and             • “To preserve open space, encourage the voluntary use of   easement held by Maine Coast Heritage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and believe it should be shared with
non-binding, but from which ordinances may be drafted          conservation easements on individual parcels.”              Trust. When combined with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the North Haven community. We
and proposed for later vote by Town Meeting.                                                                               Pettit easement, the Miner easement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                look at land, as Aldo leopold did, as
                                                                  The extensive data collected in the Comprehensive        completes the view protection across
                                                                                                                                                                                                                belonging to a community to which
   Based upon a 2005 community sur vey, the                    Plan, as well as the thoughtfully developed policy          almost 15 contiguous acres of fields
                                                                                                                                                                                                                we all belong.”
Comprehensive Plan reports that “strong support was            recommendations, will greatly assist NHCP as it continues   under terms that prohibit new houses
recorded for protecting natural resources.” This was true      to develop and revise its own criteria and priorities for
for both the year-round and the seasonal residents. For        land conservation projects. We look forward to working
example, both the year-round and seasonal respondents          with the Town and other community organizations to help        NHCP to Participate in Maine Land Trust Network’s Circuit Rider Program
indicated strong support for the preservation/protection
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                                                               implement the Comprehensive Plan recommendations. The                HCP’s application to participate in the Maine         our current practices and meeting with the Board, Deb
of the island’s rural character, scenic views and wildlife     Comprehensive Plan can be viewed on the Town’s web site              land Trust Network’s (MlTN) Circuit Rider             Chapman will help us craft a work plan for strengthening
habitats. These results indicate support for the mission       or at the Town Office.                                         Program this spring has been accepted. For a nominal        NHCP’s organizational systems, guided by the land
of NHCP which includes the protection of these same
                                                                                                                              fee, NHCP will receive assistance from land conservation    Trust Alliance’s recently revised Standards and Practices.
conservation values.
                                                                                                                              professional Deb Chapman, the MlTN “Circuit Rider,”         More information about the program is available from
                                                                                                                              in conducting an organizational assessment. In reviewing    the MlTN web site, www.mltn.org.
  Among the recommendations that anticipate a role for
conservation easements and NHCP, are the following:
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Heap Easement
Natural Resources                                                                                                                                                                                        (continued from page 1)
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The easement protects forever the natural
•   “Encourage conservation easements of open space,                                                                                                                                                     and undeveloped character of this land,
    especially in shoreland areas and high elevation                                                                                                                                                     including the scenic character of its fields,
    areas”                                                                                                                                                                                               forests, wetlands and shore frontage, when
                                                                                                                                                                                                         viewed from the public access footpath,
•   “Help to educate landowners [about] easements.”                                                                                                                                                      from the North Shore Road, and from
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Penobscot Bay. The Heaps explained that
•   “Identify and protect historically significant scenic                                                                                                                                                over the past two years there was selective
    areas and vistas.”                                                                                                                                                                                   clearing and clean-up of approximately nine
                                                                                                                                                                                                         acres of forest on the property, “revealing a
•   “Consider purchasing permanent easements or                                                                                                                                                          landscape, previously hidden, that contains
    fee title to water access points or property of critical                                                                                                                                             prime habitat for birds (over 20 species) and
    importance to the fishery”                                                                                                                                                                           animals, wild raspberry patches and marine
                                                                                                                                                                                                         life along the shore. A rough trail will allow
Land Use:                                                                                                                                                                                                visitors to explore the area for themselves.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                             NHCP is grateful to Maine Coast
•   “To preserve areas of environmental and scenic                                                                                                                                                       Heritage Trust for its help in crafting the
    value, the Town will consider conservation                                                                                                                                                           conservation easement. The Heaps described
    easements of open space, especially in shoreland                                                                                                                                                     the process of working with NHCP and
    areas and high elevation areas.”                                                                                                                                                                     MCHT as “a voyage of discovery leading to
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the confirmation of the important benefits
                                                                                                                                                                                                         of preserving this property.”
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