ELLSWORTH—Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) has been awarded $15,000 to create a parking area and improve a public trail on the Jordan Homestead Preserve in Ellsworth.
The city of Ellsworth will match the grant with a $2,500 contribution.
“This grant money will allow FBC to create a great asset for the Ellsworth community. We plan to leverage this money with community volunteers to build the trails, and hope that everyone makes plans to come and help out this summer,” said Kat Deely, FBC’s land protection manager.
The nonprofit has already begun the process of creating a public parking area on the Bayside Road. The land trust also has scheduled volunteer days on Wednesdays and every third Saturday through October.
Many of those volunteer days will focus on improving the one mile loop trail that reaches the Union River.
The money was awarded at a May meeting of the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF), at which the MOHF board awarded $325,000 to 27 of the 46 grant applications.
The MOHF board awards grants twice a year from the proceeds of sales of scratch lottery tickets.
FBC’s application ranked second out of 15 applications competing in the area of “acquisition and management of public lands, parks, wildlife conservation areas and public access.”
Local residents first alerted FBC when the property came on the market. The group later acquired the historic 31-acre parcel in November 2017.
The conservation organization plans to engage Ellsworth residents in future programs on the preserve, which protects clean water, wildlife habitat, and a place for public recreation.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that conserves distinctive ecosystems, lands, and waters from the Union River and Frenchman Bay watersheds east to the Hancock County line. Founded in 1987, the conservation organization has protected 8,000 acres and maintains over 28 miles of public hiking trails.
If you would like to help build the Jordan Homestead trail, visit www.frenchmanbay.org to sign up or find more information.