In December of 2020, the City of Sanford connected a 390 acre solar project to the grid. This 50 MegaWatt system offsets an estimated ½ million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, was the largest solar project in Maine, and the largest solar project at an airport in the world. To satisfy the negatively affected natural communities and habitats, mitigation was required. This mitigation resulted in the purchasing of various parcels of land somewhat equivalent to those disturbed, transferred to the City, and a Conservation Easement attached. This Easement, The Lower Mousam Wetland Easement, was deeded to the Trust for perpetual oversight along with another 107.62 acre parcel, located between the Harry Howes Road and Route 11A in Springvale called The Murray Easement.
The use on the property has many restrictions, but limited recreational activities are allowed within the scope of the Easement. Access is via CMP power line corridor at Jagger Mill Road, and canoe via Mousam River at Emery Street. Footpath designing and building is not currently being planned in this relatively remote area.
This 43.62 acre parcel abuts the Mousam River, and is 300′ west and across the CMP Power Line from the Trust’s IDC Reserve in Cyro Industrial Park in South Sanford. A small tributary passes through both lots, entering the river near the parcel’s center along the northern boundary.
( More information to come. ).