HANCOCK – Maine is filled with beautiful scenery. Whether it’s the ocean or the forests, there are tons of fun recreational activities for people to engage in. A local organization is looking to ensure that people continue to have access to some of Maine’s finest landscapes.
“Shoreline access is rapidly disappearing so if we can protect that here in Maine than that’s a benefit for everybody, said Aaron Dority, the executive director of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
In an effort to protect shoreline access in Hancock County, the Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) is looking to revitalize Tidal Falls Preserve. A hidden gem that some call, a perfect view and home to reversing falls.
“We work to protect clean drinking water and wildlife habitat,” said Dority, “We maintain 25 miles of public access hiking trail.”
For years FBC worked to protect and preserve some of Maine’s Natural Resources. The organization says that these resources are threatened with development. They are currently working to destroy old concrete structures so that they could restore the shoreline.
“We had the opportunity to either invest money in a landscape that’s starting to fall back into the sea or move ourselves up to a new building and really open our doors for the first time in our organization’s history,” he said.
The revitalization project costs $2.25 million they have raised almost of half of that. FBC still needs to raise $800,000 to be able to provide families an outdoor experience they won’t forget.
“We have launched a major capitol campaign to fund this project that we are doing at Tidal Falls Preserve,” said Dority, “That’s also to invest money in what we are calling our land opportunity fund as well as stewardship to protect the 7,000 plus acres that we have conserved in coastal Hancock County.”
This campaign not only fixes the shoreline but also goes towards building an educational center. The new building will connect people of all ages with outdoor activities and with a place to learn about nature. A new pavilion will also be created to provide people with a place to enjoy music performances and picnics.
“This campaign is a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved in the work and to help make sure that we have additional miles of trail in the future and steward those trails for years to come,” he said.