Community Conservation in Action

Along the historic Union River, we’re partnering with city officials, organizations, and community members.

Ellsworth Green Plan

Frenchman Bay Conservancy is a lead partner of the Ellsworth Green Plan, a citizen’s initiative involving businesses, residents, and organizations working together with City officials to make Ellsworth a model green community.

The Green Plan envisions an equitable community guided by sustainable, environmentally-informed approaches to growth that ensure that future generations will have access to our land, water, and other resources.

To learn more, visit www.greenellsworth.org

Build Out Analysis

Our collaboration with the Green Plan includes developing a build-out analysis, a tool for the community to plan growth, development, and conservation.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy is partnering with FB Environmental, the City of Ellsworth, and the Ellsworth Green Plan Conserved Lands Subcommittee.

What is the final product? The build out analysis tool will create a model to predict the City’s growth overtime including multiple scenarios.

  • Under current zoning, how much land is currently available for development?
  • How might the town’s appearance change over time?
  • What are the potential impacts from future development?

Year-round Public Market

Partnering with Heart of Ellsworth, Healthy Acadia, Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce, the Ellsworth Farmer’s Market, and the City of Ellsworth, we’re studying the potential for a year-round public market near downtown Ellsworth.

Think of famous markets like Pike Place Market in Seattle, but on an Ellsworth scale. A year-round market would provide local vendors and businesses a consistent place and audience to reach local consumers.

The view of the Union River and downtown Ellsworth from Indian Point.

Jordan Homestead

On the Bayside Road, the Jordan Homestead property is one of the last remaining wild places along the Union River near Downtown Ellsworth.

At 31 acres with 3,000 feet of water frontage and owned by the same family for over 200 years, the Jordan Homestead is more than just another field and forest in Ellsworth, it’s part of a vanishing legacy.

We’re raising funds to build a public access parking area and trail to the Union River on the Jordan Homestead property.

At the Jordan Homestead, we partner with Downeast Audubon on a monitoring bluebird houses and we’re planning to build a community garden and lead ecology and history walks in the near future. To make these programs possible, you can volunteer to help us build a trail through the woods to the Union River.