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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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577 Comments

  1. I agree with 'bunnyinthe south' to win such a prize would be such a godsend that I don't think I would quabble over land. DIY has a right to do with this property as they see fit. I realize they do all this for a show but it's still a wonderful opportunity for one lucky person per year. I hope it continues, I enjoy following the remodel/rebuild. Thanks DIY…

    nonaswan on August 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm
  2. This is a beautiful property. Diynetwork should be commended for their willingness to be a good steward by giving a portion of the original property as an easement for future generations. If I am the lucky winner of the house, there will be gracious plenty of acreage for me to farm (once I learn how).

    thern on September 28, 2012 at 9:51 am
  3. Im excitedly awaiting the announcement of the winner. :) Its a beautiful property. I support their decision to grant the land. Its an important enough issue that I think it was wise not to leave the decision to grant or not to grant to a random winner who likely isnt from Maine, likely will not get to live in the house, and may just want to maximize the $$ they get from the property, and who may not really care about conserving the beautiful Maine watershed for future generations. Some winners of course would have granted, but many would not have. This way the watershed is protected no matter who wins. It was the right thing to do.

    Its a lovely prize even with only 21 acres. Good luck to all the entrants!

    Alyson on October 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm
  4. I have watched ALL the shows and I can't understand why they took wood from the barn I thought you guys was leaving It alone for the winner have you guys stripped It the winner will have a lot of work if you did but I love to work on it and the shed they took wood from was not for cows guys guys guys it was used for the trackters an machinery
    good job on every thing they did and I no I would love to have it but I would love for john deer to give a mower to cut the grass as they have let it go and you can see it's gone to seed the owner will have to catch up to get it back but all that is what makes this hole thing so great YOU CAN MAKE IT WHAT YOU WANT I would love to do just that great job guys you put a lot of love and care in what you did and NO ONE should say any thing NEGTIVE if you or people like me win I no they would add their love to it to as HGTV has given above and beyond this is a great find to all that worked on the house thank you IT let me dream even for a little while love you all connie

    connie on October 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm
  5. I can already see the people building their dream houses – complete with satellite cable, lush yards, and roof ventilation vents. It's great that DiY is looking out for the next generation.

    Wade on January 20, 2013 at 11:44 pm
  6. Good post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic? I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Cheers!

    chris reid on December 5, 2013 at 12:26 am

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