The Owls Head Selectboard voted Monday evening to schedule a special town meeting to ask voters whether they will want to accept land to expand an existing nature preserve.

The Board voted 3-0 to hold the meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at the town office. An informational meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the town office.

The proposal comes from the Owls Head Conservation Commission to acquire a 7.5-acre parcel that borders the existing Plaisted Preserve. The preserve is located on the water side of North Shore Drive, across from the fire station.

Plaisted Preserve was a gift to the town in 2016 from Todd Swinton in honor of his uncle, Tom Plaisted, a longtime resident of the town. A conservation easement was placed on the 10-acre property, held by the Georges River Land Trust.

A notice from Commission Chair Kathryn DerMarderosian stated that “If added to the Plaisted Preserve, the community will  be assured a more expansive experience for hiking and nature exploration. The public is being asked to attend this meeting to find out what the next steps are in the process, and to ask any questions they may have.”

A fund-raising effort during the past six weeks has collected more than half the $120,000 being sought, DerMarderosian said at the Selectboard’s Nov. 15 meeting. The Commission has offered $120,000 and is awaiting a response from the owners. The sale would be contingent on the fundraising effort raising the rest in 2022.

No tax dollars would be used for the purchase.