SULLIVAN — Frenchman Bay Conservancy in the spring will officially open its newest — and, at 3.5 miles, its longest — trail.
Executive Director Aaron Dority said the Schoodic Trail Connector links nine miles of continuous trail from Route 1 to Schoodic Mountain and the Donnell Pond State Reserved Land.
He said the trail was made possible by raising more than $500,000 to purchase 236 acres as well as a home overlooking Long Pond.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust based at Tidal Falls in Hancock, plans to sell 107 acres as well as the 1,900-square-foot Swiss chalet home that was included in the purchase.
Proceeds from the sale of the house and land will be used to support Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s endowment.
The funding was obtained from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, which receives proceeds from the sale of a dedicated instant lottery ticket, Gopher Gold.
Funds raised through sale of the lottery ticket are used to support outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy hired a six person trail crew from the Maine Conservation Corps to plan and cut the new trail connector across the parcel of land.
“They have done a marvelous job,” Dority said. “I think that our members and everyone who enjoys our trails will really appreciate this one.”
He said the crew worked eight weeks clearing small trees with chainsaws, using come-alongs to remove stumps and hand tools to move rocks and remove roots across the varied terrain.
The crew leader, Dority said, was Ryan McGlashing of the Maine Conservation Corps.
The Maine Conservation Corps is a program of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy currently has 53 properties under conservation encompassing more than 6,600 acres.
The organization maintains 20 miles of year-round public access hiking trails.