BANGOR DAILY NEWS: With the purchase of a conservation easement on more than 21,000 acres, [Maine] has helped preserve a large swath of woodland and the [Washington County’s] tourist economy, officials announced Tuesday.

The land, 21,870 acres in and adjacent to the plantation of Grand Lake Stream, is east of West Grand Lake and northwest of Big Lake. It is the “ last big piece” of a decade-long effort by local and state officials, and by Downeast Lakes Land Trust, to protect more than 350,000 acres of undeveloped woods enveloping the lakes of northern Washington County, according to Mark Berry executive director of the land trust. (READ MORE)