Kennebec Land Trust member Stewart Myers donated a 238-acre conservation easement in Vienna and Chesterville in Kennebec and Franklin counties to the Kennebec Land Trust on Dec. 19. This conservation donation, which encompasses most of the shoreline of Egypt Pond, will protect natural scenery, water quality, working woodlands and farmland, and wildlife habitat, according to a news release from Howard Lake, KLT Lands Committee board chairman.

Located off of the Egypt Pond, Soper and Allen roads, the trust’s newest conservation easement includes more than 1.5 miles of undeveloped shoreline, mixed woodlands, hayfields and wetlands with vernal pools. The existing state of Maine public boat launch provides public access to the waters of Egypt Pond, a popular fishing destination.

Myers and his late wife Maureen first came to Egypt Pond in the 1970s, when they purchased land on the north shore.

“We looked out from our campsite at a prospect of undisturbed beauty and solitude. Maureen would be as happy and grateful as I am to know that the pond will remain in all essentials just as it was then,” Myers said, according to the release.

Lake, KLT’s volunteer attorney and long-time member of the committee said, “It has been such a pleasure to work with Stew and his late wife, Maureen, to conserve this beautiful piece of Maine. The conservation of expansive undeveloped shoreline and having available boat access makes Egypt Pond a true gem,” in the release.

To date the organization has conserved 66 properties, including 32 by conservation easements.

Since 1988, KLT has worked cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields and wildlife that define central Maine. The trust’s conserved lands encompass more than 6,000 acres in the Kennebec River and Lakes region, according to the release.

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