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Habitat for Humanity acquires property through collaboration with Georges River Land Trust

South Thomaston, ME –It isn’t often that two local non-profits can benefit from a single gift, one that contributes to the essential missions of both organizations.  This month, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity and the Georges River Land Trust received a donation that allowed for the purchase of a house and barns that will be used for Midcoast Habitat for Humanity programming, and a 57-acre parcel in the center of the Land Trust’s Bridging Two Rivers Project in South Thomaston.  The property, known as “Riverview Hayfields Farm” by the previous owners St. Charles, was purchased with an anonymous donation to create two tracks. The house and barn along Route 131 is now owned by Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, and the surrounding 57 acres that extends to the Weskeag River, located between the Riverview Hayfields Preserve to the north and the Paulsen Easement to the south, is now owned by Georges River Land Trust.

“Midcoast Habitat for Humanity is excited about this generous gift, which will allow us to further serve our community. For the immediate future, we plan to use the house to accommodate volunteer groups for week long engagement opportunities constructing affordable housing and the barn as a construction workshop”, commented Tia Anderson, Executive Director of Midcoast Habitat. Our programs are thriving and having volunteer groups build with us regularly, allows for consistent progress on our projects. Midcoast Habitat will be working on several projects in Rockland this year and will look toward affordable housing development opportunities down the St. George peninsula for the future. “It is a great benefit to the community when organization and donors can collaborate to fulfill our missions.”

“This new acquisition is truly a gift to the community with the bonus of a donor who sought to benefit two mission-based local non-profits, where land can inspire people and people can give back to the land”, said Annette Naegel, Director of Conservation at Georges River Land Trust. “We could not be more pleased, and we look forward to integrating this parcel into the Riverview Hayfields Preserve, which will be managed for a complement of values including history, natural community education, habitat and public access.”

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity builds safe, affordable housing and provides home ownership opportunities for low income families in Knox County. Our 34th house is under construction in Rockland. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Tia at 236-6123 or tia@midcoasthabitat.org.  For more information, visit: www.midcoasthabitat.org.

The Georges River Land Trust has conserved nearly 4,000 acres of land in the Georges River Watershed region and provides access to more than 60 miles of hiking along the Georges Highland Path.  For more information, visit www.georgesriver.org

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