NORTHWEST PISCATAQUIS — Maine is acquiring two miles of shoreline on the north end of Moosehead Lake for conservation.

The Forest Society of Maine helped smooth acquisition for the state. State officials say the bulk of the funding for the $895,000 purchase is coming from a $500,000 federal Forest Legacy Program grant, along with other grants and private donations.

The group says the parcel is 81 forested acres that connect the popular northern Maine lake with inland forests. Piscataquis County Economic Development Council Co-director Robert Hamer says the acquisition “opens another door to Moosehead Lake” for visitors.