OWLS HEAD — Following a unanimous Town vote in mid-December to pursue the purchase of an additional 7.1 acres, a group of Owls Head citizens are working to raise funds to expand the Plaisted Preserve this spring.

The preserve currently consists of 10.6 acres of protected land consisting of wooded trails and shoreland access on North Shore Drive.

This expansion to the Town-owned property aims to re-join the remaining piece of the original property, and will add opportunity to increase access through expanded parking, brings an important wetland habitat under protection and allows more opportunities for hikers, dog walkers, families and more to enjoy the quiet spot. The preserve offers the possibility of student field observation given its proximity to the local elementary school.

The volunteer group, made up of Owls Head Conservation Commission members, local residents and representation from the Georges River Land Trust — working in collaboration with Owls Head to monitor and protect the preserve — has a goal of raising 75 percent of the funds needed to purchase this expansion by May 15.

They have recently passed the 59 percent mark and are actively reaching out to interested parties, including local businesses, to reach their goal. Look for early summer activities for the public to showcase the many wonderful attributes of the Plaisted Preserve — or the preserve is open to visit any time to take a walk and enjoy.

For more information or to help with the effort, email conservationcommission@owlshead.maine.gov.