Family of Maine Author Donates Island to The Nature Conservancy

A 6.2-acre island in Penobscot Bay is forever protected thanks to the generosity of beloved local children’s author Robert McCloskey, his wife Margaret, and their two daughters. The Nature Conservancy in Maine announced today that ownership of Outer Scott Island was donated to the conservation organization by the daughters of Mr. McCloskey, who wrote the enduring classics Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, and One Morning in Maine, a 1953 book that features Outer Scott Island in the story. Mr. McCloskey passed away in 2003 at age 88.

The Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey donated a conservation easement on the property to The Nature Conservancy in 1974 and the organization has been monitoring the island ever since to ensure that the natural character and ecological value is maintained.

“We’re honored that the McCloskey family has entrusted this special place to our care for so long,” said Nancy Sferra, director of stewardship and ecological management for The Nature Conservancy in Maine. “And with this wonderful gift, they’ve ensured the permanent protection of an island gem.”

“My father was a part of this place,” added Sarah McCloskey. “He wanted to make sure that future generations have a chance to enjoy it like our family did.”

Outer Scott Island will be added to The Nature Conservancy’s system of more than 70 preserves in Maine and will continue to be managed according to the restrictions outlined in the conservation easement. While daytime visitors are welcome, there are no services or hiking trails and the island is only accessible by boat.

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