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www.northmainewoods.org 23 Conservation Easements In 1981 the Department of Conservation Bureau of Parks and Lands accepted a perpetual Conservation Easement from Great Northern Paper Company. The easement encompasses 8090 acres along the shores of the East and West Branch of the Penobscot River and Lobster Lake ap- prox. 12 miles of the lake frontage and 67 miles of river. The easement transfers to the State of Maine substantial development rights and gives the State the right to regulate and manage recreation activities within 500 feet of the high water mark. The recreation management plan calls on the Bureau of Parks and Lands to maintain and enhance present recreational opportunities and maintain the natural character of the corridor. In 2002 the Department of Conservation Bureau of Parks and Lands accepted a renewable Conservation Easement of limited duration on portions of Chesuncook and Ripogenus Lakes and Brandy and Black Ponds from Brookfield Power. The easement protects 2365 acres and 80 miles of lake frontage from development and gives the State the right to manage recreational activities within 250 feet of the high water mark. photosbyPRCstaff