Land Preservation: A Driving Force Behind a New Breed of Land Buyer and Developer

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A new kind of development in Maine’s Sunday River area is “breaking the mold” for land development by delivering both environmental advocacy and prestige to meet the needs of a new breed of customer

Land developers are often known for a single focus to maximize the number of lots to be sold with less focus on other important factors including conservation and aesthetics. In a unique twist, a southern New Hampshire developer is focused on breaking that mold by striking a balance between environmental conservation while offering premium lots that the company feels will attract this new breed of environmentally conscious land buyers. LandSource, LLC, a sister company of James W. Powers, Inc. and Northern Acres, is about to launch Great Brook Preserve in the Sunday River, Maine, area, which is dedicated to attracting an evolving group of customers that are strong environmental advocates and also are seeking premium quality for primary, secondary or retirement homes.

Of the original 8,700 acres purchased by the developer, only 6 percent is being developed. After selling a large tract, the developer has donated more than two-thirds of the remaining land, or 1,100 acres, to conservation land trust, in which the land is preserved in perpetuity. Land has been deeded to a non-profit land trust, Western Maine Charitable Foundation. This donation plays a very important role in a large scale conservation effort in the state of Maine. David Herring, the Executive Director representing the foundation indicates that, "This several-hundred acre donation of land is a critical link for Western Mountains Foundation into Newry from the north/east and links our corridor to the Outward Bound L.L. Bean Mountain Center.” Mr. Herring adds, “It is a very important piece of land for us and moves us one step closer to achieving our objective of conserving a 180-mile corridor from Rockwood to the Newry area and building and operating a hut and trail system."

Pundits could argue that the developer left a lot of “money on the table” by taking this approach. Jim Powers of LandSource, LLC says that “this is about delivering on a project that we can be proud of for many generations. In the land development world you can leave your mark in many different ways. We feel that Great Brook Preserve is a shining example of the right way. We are very proud of what this represents for our customers and for our legacy as a company.” Mr. Powers adds, “We are talking about a premium land donation with land that could have been very marketable with incredible views of the Mahoosuc Mountain Range, Sunday River Ski Resort, streams and waterfalls that will be accessible as great hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobile and fishing venues.”

As this project gets ready to launch, potential customers feel the same way. Jesse Pike, a potential customer from New Jersey is representative of this new breed of land buyer is making the trip for the “Pre-development Selection Event” on August 5th. Mr. Pike indicates that “The main attraction for us is the unique combination of being a great recreational venue for my family and a development that delivers a great message about land preservation in a very beautiful part of the world.”

Great Brook Preserve at Sunday River offers not only great proximity and views of Sunday River Ski Resort, but also very close access to the award-winning Sunday River Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Grafton Notch State Park as well as Historic Bethel Village. Additionally, each of the home sites borders the preserved conservation land with incredible features like waterfalls, hiking and groomed cross-country ski trails, trout brook and beautiful views. More information is available by visiting


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