OWLS HEAD — Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Monday, June 6, approval of 20 new Land for Maine’s Future conservation projects across Maine that conserve lands and preserve public access to lakes, rivers, scenic views, and mountain vistas for Maine people, according to a release.

One of those is expansion of the Plaisted Preserve in Owls Head. This 7.14-acre parcel in Owls Head in Knox County is a fee acquisition by the Town of Owls Head to expand Plaisted Preserve and the existing trail system within a quarter-mile of the Owls Head village center.

The preserve is located on the water side of North Shore Drive, across from the fire station.

The original 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.

The proposal for the expansion came from the Owls Head Conservation Commission

“Maine people value the outdoors, and each of these projects represents an exceptional opportunity for us to get outdoors and to protect public access for the enjoyment of generations to come,” Gov. Mills stated in the news release. “I am proud that the state of Maine, thanks to my administration and the Legislature, is once again partnering with towns across Maine to preserve our cherished lands and waters for Maine people.”