Results and Accomplishments
Several noteworthy outcomes resulted from the Nicatous Lake Project completed in 2000—
· A conservation easement on 20,068 acreas of land that guarantees a balanced array of ecological, economic, and recreational benefits.
· State ownership of 76 Nicatous islands and a 300-acre parcel connecting an existing state ownership with Nicatous Lake
· Prohibition of development along 34 miles of spectacular shoreline
· Continuation of the property’s availability for long-term forest management
· Protection of the Nicatous shoreline for nesting bald eagles; and
· Permanent public recreational access to nearly 50,00 connected acres of state and private conservation lands.
Today the property remains under private ownership by Robbins Lumber Company and International paper Company manages the forestry operations. The conservation easement is held by the Maine Department of Conservation and the Bureau of Parks and Lands maintains the property’s campsites and manages recreational use. The Forest Society of Maine monitors the easement ensuring that all terms are met. All of the parties involved work together to honor the intent of the easement and to find appropriate solutions when problems are encountered. This partnership has served as a model for other working forestland conservation projects in Maine.