Creative Conservation, LLC

Representative Projects

Land Conservation Initiatives

Protection of Pierce Pond Watershed; Somerset County, Maine: Coordinated over 20 years of land and conservation easement acquisitions by land trust resulting in conservation of 10,500- acre watershed surrounding Pierce Pond, a pristine remote pond valued by outdoors enthusiasts, along with miles of additional lakeshore and riverfront lands in the region.

Public Land Acquisitions throughout Maine: Provided land acquisition services for the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands including project development, landowner negotiations, appraisals and due diligence to purchase conservation easements and public lands across the state including major initiatives such as the West Branch Project and the Machias River Project.

Kennebec Highlands Project; Belgrade Lakes, Maine: Directed a land conservation initiative involving the acquisition of over 30 parcels of land to create a 6,000 acre multiple-use conservation area.

Working Forests: Secured the permanent conservation of productive forests, ranging from family woodlots to vast tracts of commercial timberlands, through the acquisition of working forest conservation easements.

Appalachian Trail: Assisted the Appalachian Trail Conservancy with the protection of lands near the Appalachian Trail in Maine, including approximately 6,000 acres of land on Mount Abraham and Saddleback Mountain in Western Maine and ten miles of the AT south of Baxter Park.

Farmland Protection: Coordinated conservation easement projects to protect working farms in Unity, Turner, Falmouth, Freeport, and Fayette.

Grafton Loop Trail; Oxford County, Maine: Working with a coalition of landowners, organizations and state agencies, Creative Conservation, LLC coordinated the development of a 39-mile hiking trail through the Mahoosuc Mountains.

Wind Power Mitigation; Western Maine: Assisted the developer of a wind power project in preparing a mitigation strategy involving the company's contribution of funds toward the protection of a valued mountain parcel.

Land Use Planning and Creative Development

Attean Township Plan; Jackman, Maine: Developed a conceptual plan for conservation and second home development on a company's 17,000 acres of forest land. The plan became the basis for a proposal approved by the Land Use Regulation Commission and the recipient of a planning award.

Lake Shore Property Evaluation and Conservation; Washington County, Maine: Assessed over 100,000 of commercial timberland to identify significant conservation and development opportunities and coordinated the sale of a conservation easement protecting 14 miles of lakeshore.

Conservation Subdivision Plan; Muscongus Bay: Designed an environmentally-friendly residential subdivision on a 100-acre island property which received zoning approvals and was cited as a model island development in a State Planning Office booklet on island resource management.

Conservation and Development Planning; Rangeley Plantation, Maine: Coordinated a multi-party transaction that resulted in the re-establishment of a commercial sporting camp and a major addition to Rangeley Lake State Park.

Limited Development Plan; Hancock County, Maine: Designed and received regulatory approvals for a 13-lot subdivision in conjunction with a related 20,000-acre conservation project.

Borestone Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary; Elliotsville Township, Maine: Guided a long-range planning process to guide future use and management of a 1,600-acre mountain wildlife sanctuary including an analysis of eco-tourism opportunities.

Fishing Club; Western Maine: Worked with 125-year-old fishing club to acquire strategic lands and secure recreational rights to lands surrounding twelve trout ponds.

Planning The Future Of Family Lands

Creative Conservation, LLC has worked with over 60 families to plan the future of their treasured and valuable ownerships including historic homesteads, coastal estates, family compounds, second homes, farms and forest lands. Typically, Creative Conservation, LLC is retained at a critical decision-making point such as estate planning or inheritance by multiple family members. Jerry Bley provides a combination of land use expertise and facilitation of a decision-making process by family members. Representative locations of Creative Conservation's family lands projects include:

  • North Haven
  • Falmouth
  • York
  • Biddeford
  • Friendship
  • Tenants Harbor
  • Georgetown
  • Pembroke
  • Harpswell
  • Brunswick 
  • Little Cranberry Island
  • Vinalhaven
  • Sorrento
  • Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor
  • Rangeley
  • Whiting
  • Rumford
  • Moosehead Lake
Other States:
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Colorado
Land Use Policy And Education

Growth Management Video Project: Coordinated production of a video documentary focusing on successful land use planning and growth management efforts in Maine communities.

Northern Forest Lands Council:
Represented Maine environmental interests on the Northern Forest Lands Council created by Congress to develop state and federal strategies to preserve traditional uses of the forest.

Western Lake Access Plan: Facilitated a process between lessees, commercial sporting camp operator, mill workers, paper company representatives and state fisheries officials to resolve conflicts and develop a recreational access plan to ponds on a remote section of a paper company's ownership.

Maine Land Acquisition Priorities Project: At the request of Governor King, chaired a committee charged with developing new public land acquisition initiatives for Maine which resulted in a $50 million land acquisition bond issue and a new scoring mechanism for selecting land acquisition projects.

Forest Practices Research and Assessment: Facilitated a diverse group of forest stakeholders providing input to Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences' "Shifting Mosaic" forest research project which sought to identify forest practices that are environmentally and economically viable. 

 Analysis of Plum Creek Moosehead Plan: Conducted research for the Open Space Institute to analyze the plan proposed by Plum Creek Timber Company and compare it with development and conservation that would likely occur absent the plan proposed for the Moosehead Lake Region.

Keeping Maine's Forests: Creative Conservation, LLC provided research and drafting services to the Keeping Maine's Forests project, a collaborative effort among diverse forest interests to set forward strategies to maintain Maine's forests and its vibrant forest products industry. The effort culminated in the development of a 56-page proposal that was presented to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.

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