On Sunday August 7, 2016, Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) held their annual meeting in conjunction with the grand opening celebration of the Bean Island Preserve. Nearly one hundred people toured the island and enjoyed a picnic on the beach on a perfectly warm and breezy summer afternoon. Acadia superintendent, Kevin Schneider attended and talked with those that came out to experience FBC’s newest preserve.
Bean Island is a 27-acre wooded island, a little over a mile west of Bean Point in Sorrento, Maine. Bean Island was donated to Frenchman Bay Conservancy by Lisa Heyward of Sorrento on January 7th of this year. Forty-one years ago, Lisa's grandmother donated a conservation easement on Bean Island to Acadia National Park, which remains in perpetuity. A dedicated and passionate conservationist, Heyward is a long-time member and board member of FBC.
At the annual meeting, FBC thanked retiring board members David Sanderson of Lamoine who served for four years, and Ken Cline of Bar Harbor who served for twelve. FBC members in attendance elected three new members to the board: Mary Brennan of Hancock, Henry Sharpe of Sorrento, and Steve Gurin of Bar Harbor. Board members regularly serve three year terms.
The organization reported a successful y ear, including opening two prior preserves this year. FBC unveiled their Taft Point Preserve in Gouldsboro, and the Schoodic Trail Connector in July, which links over 1,000 acres of FBC’s conserved land with the Donnell Pond Maine State Reserve. Aaron Dority, FBC’s Executive Director reported, “we have been able to grow our budget and increase our staff with the support of our nearly 900 members, allowing us to conserve more land for future generations in Hancock County.”
Bean Island is accessible by boat or kayak from either Sorrento or Hancock. Overnight camping is allowed for one night at a time without prior reservation. The Conservancy asks that users practice leave no trace guidelines.
A HUGE THANK YOU to the boat drivers and owners who volunteered their time and boats to safely shuttle annual meeting attendees to and back from Bean Island. We could not have offered such a special event without you!
Wednesday Morning Trail Work
Volunteers are needed for ongoing trail work at Frenchman Bay Conservancy preserves. Volunteers meet every Wednesday at the Tidal Falls Preserve parking lot at 71 Tidal Falls Road in Hancock at 8:30 am. Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am. For more information, visit www.frenchmanbay.org or call 207.422.2328. No experience necessary, all are welcome!
Fall Hike Series
In celebration of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, which will be a month long celebration in the Downeast & Acadia region this fall, Frenchman Bay Conservancy is offering a Fall Hike Series consisting of four hikes in September and October. The hikes have been organized in conjunction with Downeast Senior College, but are free and open to the public. All hikes will be led by an FBC volunteer and are easy to moderate to accommodate a wide range of ability levels.
Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Series Sunday, October 30, 2016 & Sunday, November 6, 2016
Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust (GPMCT) and Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) have come together to host the 4th annual Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Series. These races will be held one weekend apart with the GPMCT Wild Lands Trail Race on Sunday October 30th at the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands and the FBC Autumn Trail Race held on Sunday November 6th in Sullivan.
The GPMCT Wild Lands Trail Race is a 6 mile circuit. It is run on dirt roads with some single track. The FBC Autumn Trail Race is a 4 mile race that starts and finishes at Sumner Memorial High school and takes place on FBC's Long Ledges and Baker Hill Preserve Trails. New this year, check out FBC's extended race, approximately 8 miles traversing the new Schoodic Connector Trail and paved and dirt road!