CHERRYFIELD — Maine’s Nature Conservancy purchased more than 13,000 acres of land in eastern Hancock County.
The land, which cost more than $5 million dollars and was purchased with the help of several funding sources, stretches from Maine’s Downeast coast and the northern woods.
Kate Dempsey, state director for the Nature Conservancy, said one of the reasons for the acquisition is to help preserve the wildlife.
“As we know, climate is changing and it is moving fast,” Dempsey said.
Dempsey said after analyzing the land, they can plan which lands need the most protection.
She said these preserves will help protect the wildlife.
“This will allow animals and plants and other species to move as the climate changes,” said Dempsey.
Mark Berry, forest program director for the Nature Conservancy, explained how preserving the forest will combat climate change.
“This forest will be able to grow and mature. The trees will be getting bigger and as they do, they are storing the carbon from the atmosphere and they are sort of taking it out of circulation,” said Berry.
Berry said there are several recreational activities to partake in, including fishing.
He said one of the endangered species is Atlantic salmon.
“As one of Maine’s Downeast coastal rivers, it has an important role in providing habitat for Atlantic salmon,” said Berry.
Dempsey said COVID-19 has shed a light on how important it is to enjoy the outdoors.
“We know that people who have experiences in nature, no matter what you go on to do as a grown-up,” Dempsey said. “They really value that.”