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Preserving Land for Future Generations

Blog Cabin 2012 Land Donation

Big news, folks! DIY Network has donated a portion of the Blog Cabin 2012 property (30 wooded acres, to be exact) to the Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) in Waldoboro, Maine.

The forested strip of land, previously owned for generations by the Robie family, stretches between Dutch Neck and Gross Neck Roads and abuts 18 acres that are protected with a conservation easement held by MVLT. Together, the properties protect close to 1,000 feet of frontage on Peters Pond, a 12-acre pond that is distinguished from others in the watershed because of its depth (60 feet), steep granite cliffs, high shoreline and completely undeveloped watershed.

“We have been working with members of the community to find a way to protect it since the Robie property first came on the market in 2007,” says Liz Petruska, MVLT’s executive director. “When we heard about Blog Cabin, we contacted DIY Network to discuss potential conservation options. Thanks to their generosity, this important property will be permanently protected.”

“The Robie Farm is the last of the original land grants on Dutch Neck that has not been sub-divided or developed over the centuries,” says Eric Stark, a Blog Cabin 2012 neighbor whose property is also conserved. “Its presence reminds us of what life used to look like in Maine. The relationship between the land, the people, the farms that sustained them and the waters they harvested for fish, clams, oysters and lobsters is still visible on this property. It is very different than the relationship we have to these things today.”

To learn more about the Medomak Valley Land Trust, please visit the trust web site at medomakvalley.org.

Note to fans: The Blog Cabin 2012 Giveaway, which includes a lovingly renovated, circa-1884 cape cod and 21 acres of land, launches in August. To learn more, visit our Coming Attractions page.

  • Posted at 9:28 am on March 3, 2012
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578 Comments

  1. I love how this house is being redone… They always make the homes they re do so wonderful it makes you feel like you could just love whatever area you are in and feel like you had lived there all your life. Only on issues the houses are always to small for our family lol we have five children and want one more so there is never enough bedrooms lol but love watching and seeing what is being done.

    Chevonne on June 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm
  2. All I Know is I would love to win this beautiful 2012 H G T V Blog Cabin! It would be a nice escape from a the "HELL" that I'm living in. Let's just say I'll never get married again and I hate the Vietnam War/what it done to the men that had to fight in that most horrible war. = I'm ready for a change!!! The 2012 H G T V Blog Cabin looks absolutely beautiful. I feel lucky because I believe and I do know that my heavenly father God can and does make my dream's come true!!! It truly looks like a wonderful place to be safe and write a book! The Dreamer/Joanie!

    Joan Gibson on July 9, 2012 at 2:52 am
  3. That is great to know that the land will be preserved. Not only is that good for historical and nature's wild life, it is good for the whole community and keeps property value up!
    Five Stars / Five Diamond all around!!!

    asandmancan on July 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm
  4. With so much land being subdivided for development these days it's nice to see a conscious effort to preserve what we have left. Nice one, DIY. I hope other organizations will take note.

    Christa on July 20, 2012 at 8:47 am
  5. why did diy donate the portion that's closest to the cabin? something smells fishy here. of course nobody has a say since nobody has won this yet so this is a "good time to "donate". i think there is politics here. if you were the owner, would you give up the portion of the lake that's closest to your home? Come on..

    Lienr on July 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm
  6. Cows, chickens & gardens, I can see it now. I'm in heaven just dreaming about it.

    Pops on August 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm
  7. how wonderful to have passed this land onto the trust,for our kids and kids kids and so on to enjoy .well done DIY..

    LISAFOS on August 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm
  8. What a great thing to do . . . . DIY should be very proud!

    Nancy on August 15, 2012 at 6:47 pm
  9. I would like to win the house in Maine as I live there for 36 years. Then I move down south I miss miss Maine and all my family and friends. If I won the house I wouldn't care about what DIY donates. The donation is the best thing that could have happen the proberty and all of Maine.

    If I do win the house I look forward to talking to MVLT.

    Wish me luck
    DTB

    MIss D on August 17, 2012 at 1:22 am
  10. My husband and I are renting a house in that area, we love it there!!! and would just love to own a house in that Beautiful Mid-coast town, Waldoboro. I just thank God for letting me be born and raised, in the beautiful coastal towns, in a area, of Down East Maine. I just feel so very Blessed to live and to raise my family in Maine!!! God Bless you All !!! and DIY!!!

    Michele on August 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

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