Cape Elizabeth trust gains $8K for land acquisition

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CAPE ELIZABETH — A grant from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership brings the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust $8,000 closer to acquiring nearly 52 acres of land adjacent to the Robinson Woods Preserve.

The grant is from CBEP’s Habitat Protection Fund. At nearly 200 acres, the extended preserve will create the largest area of conserved land in Cape Elizabeth. 

In addition the purchase price, which is set at $845,000, CELT Executive Director Cindy Krum said the trust will need to raise an additional $169,000 for “stewardship and perpetuity” of the land, bringing the fundraising goal to over $1 million.

CELT has asked the town to contribute almost $282,000 to the acquisition. In December, the council voted to refer the request to a March workshop, which will align with two workshops already scheduled on the town budget. 

The trust also has received preliminary approval for $250,000 in grant funding for the acquisition from the Land for Maine’s Future program – the state’s primary funding vehicle for conserving land for natural and recreational value. CELT’s appraisal will come before LMF for review on Feb. 13.