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Land Trust acquires 63.6 acres in Cape Elizabeth

The Robinson Woods II parcel, recognized for exceptional wildlife habitat, creates 145-acres of contiguous conservation land and connects a critical link in the town's 7.5 mile cross town trail

November 20, 2012 The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT), a non-profit organization committed to the conservation and stewardship of distinctive lands cherished by the Cape Elizabeth community, today announced that it has acquired a conservation parcel known as Robinson Woods II for $1.1 million from the Robinson Family, LLC.

Located along Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth, Robinson Woods II totals 63.6 acres and is comprised of 12 acres of fields, 5 acres of ponds and high value wetlands and woodlands that provide extensive habitat for migratory songbirds, waterfowl, reptiles and mammals. Combined with the adjacent Robinson Woods I acquired by CELT in 2001, the new acquisition creates a 145-acre contiguous conservation parcel and secures the permanent protection of nearly a mile of the 7.5 mile cross-town trail connecting Fort Williams and Kettle Cove.

"Five years ago, our board of directors established Robinson Woods II as our number one land conservation priority," said Chris Franklin, Executive Director of CELT. "Eighteen months ago, we signed a purchase and sale agreement with the Robinson Family, LLC. After securing a $350,000 donation from the Town of Cape Elizabeth and contributions from over 250 individuals and private foundations, we raised the $1.2 million necessary to purchase the property, to cover project related costs and to provide ongoing stewardship for the property."

As part of the acquisition, CELT granted a public access easement to the Town of Cape Elizabeth, assuring permanent public access to the property. CELT also granted a conservation easement to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT). The conservation easement restricts the property from development and protects the natural, scenic and undeveloped character of the property while promoting the conservation of its forests, shore land and their associated wildlife habitat values.

"We are fortunate to be living in a time when the desire of the Town of Cape Elizabeth and its residents to preserve strategic conservation lands is matched by their willingness and ability to do so," said Franklin. "The campaign to acquire this property is full of personal stories related to the importance of Robinson Woods to our community. We received some truly remarkable gifts over the past eighteen months that have in turn brought in some significant support from private foundations."

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