History of FBC

 

October 1987 - Frenchman Bay Conservancy was founded by a group of local residents concerned about the development threat to Donnell Pond in Sullivan.  The signers of the original Articles of Incorporation were:  Weyman Billings of Franklin; Oliver Crosby of Hancock; Sheila Denny-Brown of Hancock; Bayard Ewing of Sorrento; and Mary McCormick of Ellsworth.  The purpose of those original founders was to protect clean water, open space and wildlife in the watershed of Frenchman Bay through direct land protection and through public education programs.

December 1988 - FBC acquired its first property, 55 acres of woodland and sand beach on Little Tunk Pond.  This property was given to FBC by Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), which had received it from a conservation donor. It is doubly protected by a conservation easement held by MCHT.

April 1990 - FBC acquired its first conservation easement, on 161 acres bordering Lower West Bay Pond in Gouldsboro.

1990 - FBC merged with the Crabtree Neck Wildlife Sanctuary of Hancock and thereby acquired a 17.9 acre parcel above the Salt Pond on Hancock Point and a majority interest in the Ararat Corporation, which owned 12 acres on the west shore of Hancock Point.  (In 1995, Ararat was sold to a neighboring landowner and FBC now holds a conservation easement on the property.)

June 2000 - FBC embarked on its first capital campaign to raise funds to purchase the Tidal Falls property in Hancock.  This precious community resource was on the market and many people feared it would be converted to a private home site, ending forever public access to the spectacular view of the reversing falls.

December 2000 - FBC closed on the purchase of the Tidal Falls and it is now permanently protected for the enjoyment of the public.

June 2001 - FBC's office was established at Tidal Falls.

June 2002 - FBC's board adopted a bold new strategic plan that expanded our geographic coverage to include the watershed of the Union River. The new territory includes nearly all of interior Hancock County and the City of Ellsworth.  Until our expansion, these areas had no local land trust serving their conservation needs.

April 2004 - The first project in the new territory was the purchase of a property on the shore of Indian Point in Ellsworth.  Ellsworth's visionary new Waterfront Plan listed this property as a priority for conservation and FBC's board was excited to be able to support the plan by protecting it.

March 2005 - FBC hired a full-time Conservation Director.  The new staff position allowed the organization to follow through on the commitment to more a proactive land protection program outlined in the Conservation Plan.

September 2005 - FBC purchased the 500-acre Schoodic Bog property at the foot of Schoodic Mountain in Sullivan.  The bog is a prominent feature in the view from the top of the mountain.  Existing trails link to the trail on State and private land up the western slope of the mountain and FBC plans to develop more trails to access different parts of the bog.

December 2006 - FBC closed on a record five conservation easements.  The 280 acres protected by these agreements included public hiking trails, scenic shorefront on two ponds, working forest and a small farm.

March 2008 - FBC purchased the 600-acre Corea Heath property on the Corea Peninsula.

July 2009 - FBC purchased 253 acres in Sullivan.  Trails from the Baker Hill easement connect with some trails in the new Long Ledges Preserve.

December 2009 - FBC purchased 438 acres in Gouldsboro.  The Francis B. Wood Preserve borders the Williams Point National Wildlife Refuge.

January 2010 - FBC assists the Town of Sullivan in purchasing Gordon's Wharf to maintain as a public water access.

April 2010 - FBC acquires easement on Branch Lake in Ellsworth.

August 2011 - FBC acquires Vernal Pools Preserve in Fletcher's Landing Township, and Upper West Bay Pond in the Gouldsboro peninsula.

August 2012 - FBC acquires Mariaville Falls north of Ellsworth.

February 2013 - FBC acquires more acreage adjacent to Long Ledges in Sullivan.

December 2013 - FBC achieves national accreditation.

October 2014 - FBC acquires Taft Point in Gouldsboro.

March 2015 - Baker Hill easement becomes a preserve.

May 2015 - FBC acquires second parcel at Schoodic Bog to help create a 9-mile through trail.

January 2016 - FBC acquires Bean Island.