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Winter Harbor Eco-Community Master Plan & Restoration

Quick Facts:

  • Master Plan Size: 3300 acres
  • Located Near: Acadia National Park
  • Community Outreach: Presented plan to local community and Maine Governor John Baldacci

Project Summary:

Great Ecology created an ecological master plan and environmental education program for a 3,300-acre eco-community planned for Downeast Coast, Maine, adjacent to Acadia National Park. Great Ecology’s designers conceptualized a site plan that included innovative environmental centers and developed their ecological education programming with activities focused on learning marine intertidal and wetland habitat, beaver ecology, raptor species identification, forest restoration, and real-time wildlife tracking. The educational program would support the rehabilitation of injured birds, reestablishment of jack pine ecological communities, and the creation of a large dataset on the movements and interaction of wildlife and humans. The centers were designed to provide hands-on educational opportunities while also generating a positive impact on the ecological integrity of the site. The team led numerous stakeholder discussions and presented the plan to then Governor John Baldacci.