- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) - The Appalachian Mountain Club says it is protecting lands on and near Baker Mountain in Maine’s Hundred-Mile Wilderness area with recent purchases.

The club says it bought two parcels adjacent to its Katahdin Iron Works property. They are a 3,111-acre piece from the Prentiss & Carlisle Group and Plum Creek Timber Co. and a 1,200-acre parcel from Plum Creek. An Appalachian Mountain Club spokesman says the Nature Conservancy partnered with it to make the acquisitions. The conservancy holds a conservation easement on much of Baker Mountain, including its 3,521-foot summit.

Appalachian Mountain Club Senior Vice President Walter Graff says the acquisition, creation of an endowment fund and other costs totaled about $2.4 million. The club says the acquisitions bring its holdings in the Hundred-Mile Wilderness to about 70,000 acres.

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