public access on trails to be developed

Waldoboro man donates 49 acres to Midcoast Conservancy near Clarry Hill Preserve

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 1:00pm

WALDOBORO — On December 23, Midcoast Conservancy accepted a donated conservation easement on 49 acres owned by Jim Doble in Waldoboro. The property is near Clarry Hill Preserve as well as several connected conservation easements. Together these protected lands now total nearly 700 acres protected for wildlife habitat, clean air, and water filtration.

“I’ve been thinking about conserving this land for a long time,” said Doble, in a news release. “I want to protect the trees and environment, and it is important to me to keep this land intact. I’ve enjoyed it for nearly 40 years, and want future generations to be able to enjoy it, too.”

The property will remain in private ownership. By Doble’s request, this Conservation Easement includes public access on trails to be developed on the protected property. 

Chris Schorn, Midcoast Conservancy Senior Land Steward, says “This property protects valuable wildlife habitat, preserves the scenic nature of the landscape, and has good potential for recreational trails. We are grateful for the generosity and foresight of private landowners like Jim who want to share the special places they cherish.”

Anna Fiedler, Midcoast Conservancy Land Protection Specialist, says “It is an honor to support this next step in the vision for connected protected land stretching from Clarry Hill to Medomak Pond – one which is made possible by land owners in the area who hold this vision close to their hearts.”

Midcoast Conservancy is a vibrant regional land trust that works to protect vital lands and waters on a scale that matters and to inspire wonder and action on behalf of all species and the Earth. The organization works throughout the Sheepscot River, Medomak River, and Damariscotta Lake watersheds. Midcoast Conservancy manages over 13,000 acres in 55 preserves and 95 miles of trails, including Hidden Valley, a preserve with cabin and outdoor recreation equipment rentals and a low-impact forestry program. Community members can get involved in the organization’s work as volunteers with water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, fish passage projects, forestry and oyster farming, outdoor recreation and education. For more information, go to or call (207) 389-5150.