Bald Mountain Preserve continues to expand
Camden — Coastal Mountains Land Trust recently added to its Bald Mountain Preserve with a purchase of 15.7 acres from landowner Perry Gates of Camden.
Located between Barnestown Road in Camden and the prominent cliffs that reach to the mountain's summit, the property was slated for residential development. However, Gates worked cooperatively with the land trust to enable its purchase for conservation.
This acquisition is the second one the land trust has made from Gates on Bald Mountain. In 2007 he sold the abutting 96.7 acres, which includes those very cliffs, to the land trust for conservation. That parcel became the Bald Cliffs Tract of the Bald Mountain Preserve.
The new property, which will also be considered part of the Bald Cliffs Tract, is primarily forested by a maturing stand of northern hardwoods and features a stream that tumbles down the mountain valley to Hosmer Pond. Its addition to the Bald Mountain Preserve further expands the undeveloped block of wildlife habitat on the mountain's west slope and protects the mountain's forest and scenic resources. The property is also key to enhancing public access to Bald Mountain, since it will potentially host a future extension of our Bald Mountain Trail — currently a challenging one-mile climb to the summit.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has been working for the past 10 years to conserve Bald and Ragged Mountains in the Camden Hills for their public recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, productive farms and forests, and scenic landscapes. With this recent purchase, the land trust has reached almost half of its 3,470-acre land goal for that campaign, with a total of 555 contiguous acres on Bald Mountain alone. In December the land trust will complete purchase and conservation of the 203-acre Hart property on the west face of Ragged Mountain.
Since 1986 the land trust has permanently conserved more than 9,100 acres to benefit the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay. For more information about the land trust, its preserves, or the Bald and Ragged Mountains Campaign, please visit coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091.