York, Maine is in a very appealing, and hence rapidly developing, coastal area. In order to preserve open space for hikers, and one of the area’s rarest original inhabitants, the New England Cottontail rabbit, the York Land Trust purchased the 91-acre Highland Farm property and 60-acre Kittery Water District. These acquisitions link the York River to 2,746 other acres of conserved land. With planning assistance from the National Park Service and the help of contractors and Maine Conservation Corps volunteers, York Land Trust built 2.3 miles of walking trails and 20-acres of rabbit-friendly habitat in 2010. Future plans include a parking area large enough for school buses and a universally accessible connector trail.
Photo: Hikers enjoy new trails on Highland Farm.
– NPS photo