David Rockefeller is celebrating his centennial by donating 1,000 acres of fields, streams, and freshwater ponds in Maine to the Mount Desert Island & Garden Preserve. â€œThis magnificent state and its wonderful residents have been such an integral part of my familyâ€™s history. It is my hope that the public should forever benefit from this beloved tract of land,â€ Rockefeller said in a statement. The property abuts 47,000-acre Acadia National Park, which includes over 30,000 acres on Mount Desert Island. â€œItâ€™s really a spectacular tract in every way. Its size and natural diversity make it so important to so many people on Mount Desert Island,â€ said David MacDonald, president and CEO of the Friends of Acadia. Thanks to a conservation agreement with the Mount Desert Island & Garden Preserve, this property will never be developed and will remain open to public access for outdoor recreation such as horseback riding, hiking, and more.
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