Good evening and welcome! I am Charlie Johnson, president of the HHLT Board of Directors. I am here this evening with members of the Board of HHLT
I want to tell you about an exciting opportunity that we have as a community to preserve a special place in Harpswell
Description 30 Acres of Wetlands of Special Significance 35 Acres of Wooded Uplands 6 Acres of Old Field 15 Acres of Valuable Intertidal Resources Two properties are for sale Properties total 87 acres with almost 1900 feet of shorefront With your help, HHLT plans to purchase and make available to the community
The two properties include: 15 Acres of intertidal resources 30 Acres of Wetlands 35 Acres of Wooded Uplands 6 Acres of Old Field
Here you see the old field, the wooded uplands and the intertidal area.
The project is located in South Harpswell, your neighborhood Includes frontage on Basin Cove close to Pott’s Point Includes frontage on Curtis Cove and Middle Bay What happens on this land impacts on these waters, as well as Casco Bay as a whole. In the US, Casco Bay is an Estuary of Special Significance. What we do in Harpswell effects the Bay.
The property is located in Focus Area #12 of the Town’s Open Space Plan Represents about 75% of Focus Area….so it is large enough to make a difference
HHLT was founded in 1983 as part of Historical Society Became independent in 1992 In 2009, updated our strategic plan and mission Typically work with landowners who voluntarily donate land and easements HHLT owns 11 preserves totally 250 acres and holds 20 easements, protecting 1100 acres Not all owners of land worth preservation can make a donation. Occasionally, a unique property with significant conservation values comes on the market and requires action by the Trust to ensure that it is not developed The two properties that make up the BC/CC Project present the opportunity to protect preserve habitat, marine resources, and enhance public access to the shore and provide recreation.
The Basin Cove/Curtis Cove Project conserves a variety of natural environments 72 acres of field, forest, wetlands and a freshwater pond 15 acres of tidal marsh, clam flats and eelgrass beds 1900 feet of shoreline Work together-uplands>groundwater and wetlands>tidal flats and bay
Preservation of the properties will protect our marine resources Clean water is essential for commercial fishing which represents 50% of our local economy Keeping the clam flats and mussel beds open is crucial for the livelihood of our clammers Nearshore eel grass beds provide a nursery for commercial and recreational fish species
BC/CC Project will protect clamming by preventing pollution of the water
A variety of commercial and recreational fish, such as lobster, strippers and herring, depend on the eel grass and waters of Middle Bay Eel grass is the nursery bed for many species, including lobster Includes list above and many others
By conserving the land in its natural undeveloped state, The wetlands on the property will continue to filter and clean our ground and drinking water (55% of the land is wetlands!) The water quality in Middle Bay and Pott’s Point will continue to clean Harpswell accounts for 38% of the total shoreline in Casco Bay. Our community therefore has a big impact on Casco Bay which is an important body of water in Maine and the US.
The wetlands, woodlands, fields and intertidal zones in the Project Area protect high priority wildlife The USFWS found that 53 of 91 high priority species can use the habitat in these parcels NOTE to MA: ADD Northern Leopard frog, flying squirrel, bats, voles, Three endangered or threatened birds may use the property., (roseate tern, peregrine falcon, & bald eagle) We’ve seen eagles (Reed to details here)
And shore birds can use the intertidal areas. 17 of 32 high priority shorebirds can use the parcels. You can see the extensive area used by wading and waterfowl on the map.
Most importantly, the properties will allow the people of Harpswell to have access to the water and to recreation Clammers will be able to have access to the clam flats Residents will be able to enjoy hiking, hunting, birding, fishing, kayaking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating Visitors will be able to enjoy scenic views
Total cost of the project is $970,000
HHLT has made the commitment to raise the money to purchase these properties. Board working hard on grant applications from foundations, government agencies and other conservation organizations. Will hear about the grants in early Jan 2011 But this is not enough. These efforts need to be matched by local support and contributions That’s why we’re here today. We want you to learn about these properties and visit them. We hope you will reach the same conclusion as we have. These properties are special and worth preserving and protection. They are more important to Harpswell as open space for all of us to enjoy than as developed space.
Consider the options-pledge your support Pledge forms are available. We welcome gifts of all sizes- no gift is too large Sizeable one time gifts are most helpful. You can also pledge over several years.
Will leave up a summary of the benefits of this project. Have time for a few questions Please take our literature
Preserving a piece of Harpswell <ul><li>Two beautiful oceanfront properties are for sale in South Harpswell </li></ul><ul><li>87 acres with 1900’ shorefront with valuable wetlands and wildlife habitat </li></ul>Curtis Cove View from gravel beach
Curtis Cove View from gravel beach Preserving a Piece of Harpswell Valuable Intertidal Resources Wooded Uplands Freshwater Wetlands HHLT plans to purchase and make available to the public. Open water wetland Basin Cove Road
Land for Sale Old Field Intertidal Resources Wooded Uplands
Location of Project <ul><li>South Harpswell </li></ul><ul><li>Basin Cove near Pott’s Harbor </li></ul><ul><li>Curtis Cove on Middle Bay </li></ul><ul><li>Casco Bay, Maine </li></ul>
Part of Harpswell’s Open Space Plan <ul><li>Located in Open Space Plan Focus Area </li></ul><ul><li>Large part of Basin Cove Curtis Cove Focus Area </li></ul><ul><li>Add photo of open space/aerial photo of property instead of map </li></ul>
<ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><li>To preserve Harpswell’s natural environment, wildlife, open spaces, islands, and shoreline for future generations. </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>11 preserves </li></ul><ul><li>20 easements </li></ul><ul><li>1100 acres protected </li></ul>Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
Protecting Marine Resources <ul><li>Commercial and recreational fishing </li></ul><ul><li>High value shellfish in both coves </li></ul><ul><li>Priority fish of Casco Bay </li></ul><ul><li>Eel grass habitat </li></ul><ul><li>Core of our economy </li></ul>
Protecting Water Quality <ul><li>Protects groundwater quality </li></ul><ul><li>Preserves water quality in Pott’s Harbor and Middle Bay </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts on Casco Bay, An Estuary of National Significance </li></ul><ul><li>Add photos of hand pump, birches </li></ul>
Project Funding Sources <ul><li>Federal and State Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Private Donations </li></ul><ul><li>HHLT Funds </li></ul><ul><li>Casco Bay Estuary Project </li></ul><ul><li>Maine Coast Heritage Trust </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Raised to Date: $320,000
What Can I Do? <ul><li>Visit the property </li></ul><ul><li>Look at displays and take some literature </li></ul><ul><li>Donate: Every gift helps </li></ul><ul><li>Tell your neighbors </li></ul><ul><li>Join the fund raising team </li></ul>
Basin Cove Curtis Cove Benefits <ul><li>Project Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Protection/Access to Clam/Shellfish Flats </li></ul><ul><li>Protection Fish Nurseries and Marine Water Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Drinking Water Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife Habitat Conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Public Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Who Will Benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Fishermen </li></ul><ul><li>Clammers </li></ul><ul><li>Harpswell Residents </li></ul><ul><li>Visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife </li></ul>
Credits: Photographs courtesy of: HHLT Harpswell TV Casco Bay Fishing Club Mary Ann Nahf Elsa Martz