View of the red house on the newly acquired land adjacent Tidal Falls Preserve, from the current picnic area.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy Expands its Tidal Falls Preserve!

On Monday, March 21, Frenchman Bay Conservancy expanded its Tidal Falls preserve in Hancock. The 29 year old land trust purchased 2.7 acres adjacent to its flagship preserve, and 318 feet of frontage on the Taunton River resulting in roughly 8 acres total. The new property contains the red house overlooking the picnic area of the preserve. The purchase marks the beginning of a multi-year effort to improve the preserve, restore portions of the waterfront, and expand upon the educational and stewardship opportunities Frenchman Bay Conservancy is currently able to offer local communities and out-of-town visitors.  The purchase of the red house will provide a permanent and sustainable base for the land trust's operations.

The Tidal Falls Preserve overlooks the channel between Hancock and Sullivan linking Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay where powerful tidal currents create beautiful reversing falls. Locals and out-of-state visitors alike frequent the preserve to picnic and enjoy the spectacular falls, and the Tidal Falls preserve is especially popular on Monday nights during July and August when Frenchman Bay Conservancy hosts their weekly, free, outdoor concert series. 

Bald eagles, eiders, kingfishers, seals and other wildlife are frequent sights at this popular picnic destination. Kayakers regularly paddle the rapids, launching from the FBC parking lot. The preserve has a rich history, including being the site of an early iteration of the Maine Central Railroad’s Hancock ferry connection to Bar Harbor in the late 19th century. In the last century, the Hodgkins family operated a lobster pound and buying station, and then later a seafood take-out restaurant for many years. Frenchman Bay Conservancy bought the property with broad public support and a grant from the Land for Maine’s Future program. 

“This place is such a popular and accessible destination, and a great illustration of why conservation matters in eastern Maine” said FBC’s Executive Director, Aaron Dority. “It was a pleasure working with Lilla Phinney and Frank Hodgkins to purchase this property, and we’re excited at the future possibilities for this special place.”

The 2016 Monday Music series will begin on July 11, 2016. More information, including a complete list of concerts, can be found on the Frenchman Bay Conservancy Facebook page and website.

The reversing falls at Tidal Falls Preserve


April 30 Card Brook Clean Up

The City of Ellsworth and Frenchman Bay Conservancy are partnering to host a clean-up event for Card Brook, which flows through Ellsworth. Clean-up activities will include walking the banks of Card Brook and picking up litter. Join us in celebration of Earth Day! All participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win gift cards to nearby businesses. Breakfast treats and snacks will be provided.
Clean up begins at 9:30 am.

April 26 Stream Smart Workshop 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Interested citizens, private landowners, foresters, anglers, contractors and members of road and lake associations are invited to a FREE introductory workshop on Stream Smart—a set of techniques to create new and replace outdated road-stream crossings. Find out how you can promote Stream Smart projects in your community. This workshop at the Alamoosook Lakeside Inn, 229 Soper Road, Orland is a presentation of Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, and Maine Audubon. Pre-register at 667-8663 or e-mail Certified contractors can receive 1.5 continuing education credits from Maine DEP.

 May 7 Indian Point Clean Up
Frenchman Bay Conservancy and the Ellsworth Rotary Club will host a clean-up event at FBC's Indian Point Preserve in Ellsworth. Clean up begins at 9:00 am.

 May 14 Bird Hike with Fred Yost
Join Frenchman Bay Conservancy and Fred Yost, fish biologist and bird enthusiast, for a bird walk at Old Pond Railway Trail in Hancock at 8:00 am. Bring binoculars, bird books, and water. Wear trail shoes and bug repellant. To sign-up, please contact or 422-2328.

 May 21 What's Hiding in the Woods? A Children's Program 
at Ellsworth Public Library

FBC will lead participants on a virtual walk through the woods focusing on all the life that a forest supports and about the importance of camouflage and why certain animals hide themselves in the woods. Program begins at 10:30 am. 

Frenchman Bay Conservancy
PO Box 150
71 Tidal Falls Road
Hancock, ME 04640

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