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Frenchman Bay

The Frenchman Bay Conservancy announced Tuesday that is has purchased a 228-acre parcel on Partridge Cove, preserving shoreline and wetlands. The property was eyed for a luxury “glamping” resort in 2023. Credit: Courtesy of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy

A parcel of land in Lamoine, Maine, eyed by developers for a “glamping” resort will now be permanently protected, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The Frenchman Bay Conservancy announced Tuesday (March 26) morning that it acquired 228 acres on Partridge Cove. The nonprofit said the acquisition will protect a third of a mile of shoreline and wetlands.

Partridge Cove is unique because it is nearly undeveloped while other nearby coves on Frenchman Bay have been “substantially” developed, fragmenting habit for coastal birds, according to the Frenchman Bay Conservancy.

“This land protection effort was an opportunity to support the self-determination of the residents of the Town of Lamoine, and their decision to protect open space and maintain the character of their community,” said Aaron Dority, the conservancy’s executive director. “Conserving this property is a win-win because it creates additional recreational opportunities desired by the town while also protecting the vulnerable habitats that are critical for maintaining climate-resilient ecosystems.”

That parcel is part of a larger 667-acre forested block where developers from Arizona-based Clear Sky Resorts sought to create a luxury “glamping resort.”

Developers submitted plans to the Lamoine Planning Board in January 2023. They sought to build 103 fully furnished domed structures complete with air conditioning, electricity and personal bathrooms for tourists and others drawn to the region by Acadia National Park.

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