HANCOCK — A 6,000-acre parcel stretching from the town of Hancock to Fletchers Landing in Township 8 was sold at auction on Nov. 28.
The high bid was at $364.10 per acre, for a total of $2,184,600.
The purchaser was H.C. Haynes Inc., a company that owns and manages forestland throughout Maine, in addition to serving as a wood broker and wholesaler.
The property, located at Route 1 near the intersection with Route 182, was previously owned by the estate of Dale Henderson, an Orrington man who worked in Maine’s timber industry. Henderson had maintained the property partially as an open space wildlife management area.
Stef Keenan of the Keenan Auction Co. confirmed that there had been multiple bids for the property at the auction. The sale will be closing within 30 days of purchase, but the auction company could not confirm the details of the contract.
In addition to the 6,000-acre plot, the auction included other property from the Henderson estate. This included 1,000 acres on the eastern shore of Graham Lake in Waltham, and 23 other parcels in Dedham, Orrington, Amherst and Bucksport.
Keenan Auction Co. reported that the entirety of the Henderson estate fetched close to $4 million at auction.
H.C. Haynes Inc. did not respond to questions about its plans for the newly acquired property.
The land was first purchased by Henderson in 1994 from Diamond Occidental Forest Inc., a forestry company. It has more recently been maintained for as a wildlife habitat for deer and bear, with hunting granted only by written permission.
“The last harvest was done here about 15 years ago; there’s some mature timber on it now,” said Ed Rosso, a forester who surveyed the property. “It’s a working forest, quite well forested at this point. Those stands where the harvesting was done before are well regenerated with spruce and other hardwood.”
Crisscrossed by two streams, the Downeast Sunrise Trail and over 18 miles of interior roads, the property also contains a cabin, maintenance equipment and a man-made trout pond. There are also 125 acres of open space and food plots that are maintained for the benefit of the deer population.
Promotional material for the auction described the property as having some of the largest deer populations in Maine, as well as bear, moose and turkeys.