Campground One Possibility for Schoodic Land

WINTER HARBOR — The company that bought 3,200 acres of forestland on the Schoodic Peninsula may consider allowing a campground on part of the land that will not be conserved.

“We believe there is interest on the part of the National Park Service to see more campground opportunity in this area,” Peter Stein, managing director of The Lyme Timber Co. LP, said Dec. 27.

He said the company in the spring will seek out “opinion leaders in the town, local elected officials and conservation groups” to discuss what development might suit the area.

Lyme Timber announced last week that it had purchased 3,200 acres from Winter Harbor Holdings, which was owned by Bruno Modena and Vittorio Modena of Milan, Italy.

The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has an option to purchase about 1,000 of the acres south of Route 186 that abut Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula.

Most of the remaining 2,200 acres is located north of Route 186 in Winter Harbor, although about 200 acres are in Gouldsboro.

The sale, which was announced Dec. 20, was a relief to conservationists who were worried that Modena’s proposal to build an eco-resort with, among other things, a golf course, hotels and luxury homes, would disrupt the ecosystem in the area.

However, some business owners said they had hopes for some new activity that would spur economic development on the Schoodic Peninsula.

“I want to protect nature, but I want people to be able to live here,” said Pam Broderick, who owns the Works of Hand Gallery with her husband, Roger Fisher.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

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Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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