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The Woodie Wheaton Land Trust is pleased to announce two strategic additions toward our goal of conserving the wild and natural beauty of the Chiputneticook Lakes. With the financial support of foundations and members, two exceptional Spednic Lake properties-Hathaway Island and an unnamed point- hereafter known as "Dri-Ki Point" will be conserved.
Hathaway Island is the forested landmass that greets those who access the lake via the "Lower Landing" at Castle Road near Forest City. The island directly faces, shelters, and defines the scenic characters of the landing, giving visitors an early glimpse of the spectacular natural gem that awaits them. And, like many things in Maine, it has long been taken for granted.
Dri-Ki Point lying just easterly of its twin, Muncie Point, protrudes northward into Spednic's undeveloped midsection. Surrounded by conserved lands in every direction, this area is an unforgettable postcard for those fortunate enough to see it from the water. In addition, a rustic campsite at the end of the peninsula is ideally positioned along the canoe trail and near productive fishing grounds to be a valuable way point for canoeists, boaters, and local guides. A visitor sees profound beauty in every direction.
These two properties, some eight miles apart, are very different in character. So, also, is the way we were able to conserve them.
Having a special affection for Hathaway Island's natural character and its role in the scenic landscape, Dick and Lucy Packert generously gave a conservation easement to WWLT for the northerly twelve acres of the island. The island has been in the Packert family for 82 years.
Dri-Ki Point, the site of rustic sporting camps some sixty years ago, but now unoccupied, was a leasehold interest excluded from Baskahegan Company's vast Spednic Lake 1994 conservation easement. If not for the long-term and patient management of this family-owned company, the significant public benefit of this unique spot for conservation and backcountry recreation may have been lost forever. WWLT signed an agreement in December 2013 to purchase the property. One an easement, the other an outright purchase, both acquisitions were enabled by landowners who care much about the landscape and who were willing to fmd a way to continue their fine stewardship.
The Woodie Wheaton Land Trust is seeking funds to support these key acquisitions. Although Hathaway Island's conservation easement was a gift, there are significant transactional costs related to legal, survey, and appraisal services incurred by the Organization. For Dri-Ki Point, we need to raise $92,000 for actual land purchase, plus the transaction costs. In addition, we require Stewardship Funds to help defray the costs to monitor and enforce the easement, manage the point property, and support real estate tax expense in the years to come. Overall, Spednic 2014 is seeking $150,000. We hope you can help.
Elbridge Cleaves, President
Donate to these two Projects or donate individually on the New Projects Pages.