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Photo by Bill Silliker, Jr.

Egypt Bay

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Cross-country skiing/Snow-shoeing Fishing Hunting/Trapping Canoeing/Kayaking 

Project Description

As part of a Land for Maine’s Future project, The Nature Conservancy transferred to the State nearly a mile of shorefront along Egypt/Taunton bays and title to two small islands, aptly known as the Little Islands. The shoreline tract has historically been used by bald eagles for nesting, and lies in the midst of a region renowned for its outstanding wildlife values and the critical habitat that it affords migrating shorebirds and seabirds (including black ducks).

The land had been slated for subdivision into waterfront house lots. Controversy over the development’s potential impact on wildlife prompted the Conservancy to acquire the property, and later transfer it to the State for long-term management by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Access to the site is primitive and there is no motorized use.