Nature lover Bill Mague has given his 1700 acre peninsular -- worth 1 1/2 million dollars (about 700,000 pounds sterling) -- to the U.
Nature lover Bill Mague has given his 1700 acre peninsular -- worth 1 1/2 million dollars (about 700,000 pounds sterling) -- to the U.S. Nature Conservancy because it has become too much of a tax burden.
Petite Manan is the largest undeveloped peninsular on the Maine Coast and is woods, farmlands, marshes and ponds surrounded by eight miles of coastline.
It has stayed undeveloped because that's the way Bill Mague wanted it.
He and his wife both have degrees in Church Music, but when it came time to raise a family they settled down in a large house they built on petite Manan and began to farm.
The couple had three children, completed their elementary education themselves and then sent them to colleges on the mainland where all three graduated with honours.
Mr. Mague says the only way to have a real family life is to bring up children in isolation.
But taxes grew so much each year on his land that it became apparent he would either have to give it away or sell it.
He gave to the Conservancy, who will lease it to the U.S. Federal Government as a wild life refuge.
The 250 acres around the family house are not a part of the deal, and the Magues will continue to live there.
Mr. Mague has been asked to become the first wild life manager.
He says he is not bitter about having to part with his land, and that he and his wife had never really considered themselves owners .. but rather stewards.