Land Trust Aids Owls Head Conservation Commission
The Georges River Land Trust is happy to be assisting the Owls Head Conservation Commission with a community conservation project. We are lending our expertise in land conservation to this effort led by Owls Head volunteers to purchase the “Owls Head Village Common”, a small parcel in the town center that will be a place for community gatherings. The town’s recent annual report includes a brief summary of the progress on this project:
Owls Head Conservation Commission Annual Report
This winter, the Owls Head Village Common committee asked the Select board to
resurrect the Conservation Commission so they could continue the work of acquiring
land to create a village common. Under the umbrella of the commission, charitable
donations, can be accepted towards the purchase of property for recreational use. The
committee also felt that their mission was embodied in that of the Conservation
Commissions provisions. It seemed a natural fit. The proposal was accepted. The
Selectmen appointed several of the OHCV members to serve on the commission for set
terms as outlined in Article 1, Section 13-101 of the Maine State Legislature.
One of the many duties of the commission is to keep an index of all open areas within
the municipality, swamps and other wetlands, for the purpose of obtaining information
relating to the proper protection, development or use of those open areas. For more
information regarding the duties and powers of the commission, residents are welcome
to visit the town offices where more specific details can be obtained.
To date, the commission has received $60,000 in charitable gifts and an Owls Head
capital improvement gift of $5000. towards the purchase of the former Buckminster
property on South Shore Drive. The townspeople of Owls Head voted at a special town
meeting to accept the land for the purpose of a village common upon purchase of said
property. The commission is currently accepting gifts towards the purchase of the
property. To make a tax deductible contribution to the Owls Head Village Common
Project call the town office, 594-7434. You may mail donations to Town of Owls Head,
PO Box 128, Owls Head, ME 04854.
At this time, the commission would like to thank the many townspeople who have given
their time, energy and support to the project thus far. The commission would also like
to thank Georges River Land Trust, especially Annette Naegel, Conservation Program
Manager; John Hufnagel, GRLT board member and Owls Head resident; Wolfe Tone,
Director of the Trust for Public Land; Marcel Polack, Director of the Maine Association of
Conservation Commissions; and Karen Rizkalla of St. Georges Realty.
Finally, the commission will continue to focus on the goal of creating a village common,
as well as carrying out the duties of the commission as outlined by the Maine State
Legislature. In the face of diminishing natural resources, and limited access to green
space, reinstating the conservation commission is a most wise and timely action. As
residents of Owls Head, we can now be confident that a conservation voice will be
heard when making decisions that affect the natural environment of Owls Head.