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Jasper Cates

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Postby Grover1 » Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:51 am


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Postby island » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:29 am


Cates had done much more than save Little River Light.

From the Cato Institute,
Cato Policy Report, March/April 1996
Privately Protected Places

Next we made our way to the Atlantic coast to see some of the properties owned by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Lobsterman Jasper Cates lives along one of the most beautiful and pristine sections of Maine's rugged historic coastline. When developers threatened to build homes on one particular portion of rocky shoreline, Cates realized that the best way to protect it was, not to seek government intervention, but to buy the land. Gathering funding and support, he and a handful of concerned neighbors founded the Maine Coast Heritage Trust to purchase and protect what they could of Maine's remaining undeveloped rocky coast. What began as a plan to protect the historical and environmental treasures of a small community now protects thousands of acres of pristine islands and coastal property all along Maine's Atlantic shore.

We also visited Maine's Acadia National Park. Although the park is quite beautiful, it was hard to ignore the roads, cars, countless people, and accompanying development. The property of the trust, on the other hand, looked just like it had 200 years and more ago, thanks to Jasper Cates and his neighbors.
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:18 am


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