Since the late 1800s, the York and Kittery Water
Districts have been acquiring lands to ensure
and protect drinking water supplies for the residents
of York and Kittery. Over the past century, the
Districts have acquired 4,445 acres of land in
the area of Mt. Agamenticus.
residents of southern York County also have a
long and impressive history of conservation as
well. Since the 1970s, engaged and concerned citizens
have helped to protect an additional 5,000 acres
of land from Wells to Kittery. York residents
will remember, for example, voting to spend $200,000
in 1980 to protect the summit of Mt. Agamenticus,
which was slated for the development of 3,000
residential housing units on 3,500 acres.
Between 1999-2001, The Nature Conservancy, Great Works
Regional Land Trust and the York Land Trust completed
The Mt. A. Challenge, a conservation effort that
raised over $3.2 million and protected 2,000 acres
of land around Mt. Agamenticus.
successes of the Mt. Agamenticus Challenge, combined
with the increasing threat of development, inspired
the formation of the current land protection effort:
the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative.