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Nearly 7,700 acres Down East targeted for protection


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Nearly 7,700 acres Down East targeted for protection

Nearly 7,700 acres Down East targeted for protection

A conservation organization has worked with state and federal agencies and private groups to add nearly 7,700 acres to a larger project to protect headwaters of the Machias River in Down East Maine, officials announced Thursday.

The Conservation Fund, based in Arlington, Va., purchased the property from International Paper for more than $6.8 million. It must raise another $670,000 to complete the project.

When the deal is completed, the land will be transferred to the Maine Department of Conservation as part of a larger project to protect the Machias River Project, which includes 45,000 acres and 250 miles of lake, river and stream shoreline.

The land covered by the Conservation Fund's agreement includes 47 miles of shoreline along Third, Fourth and Fifth Machias Lakes and Nicatous Lake as well as 13 miles of stream frontage.

These waterways provide critical habitat for endangered Atlantic salmon as well as moose, black bears, lynx, songbirds and other wildlife.

The deal builds on the first phase of the Machias River Project. Partners in the latest phase include state and federal agencies, International Paper, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission, Machias River Watershed Council, Sportsmans Alliance of Maine and Atlantic Salmon Federation, among others.

Funding came from the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program, the Land for Maine's Future Program, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Open Space Institute and The Nature Conservancy.

The Conservation Fund borrowed the remaining $670,000 from its revolving loan fund and is now seeking philanthropic support to help complete the conservation effort.

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Who is this "Conservation" group and what is thier agenda?
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