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Jointly owned and managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Vinalhaven Land Trust (VLT), this 789-acre preserve surrounds a 360-acre tidal embayment on the west side of Vinalhaven. Visitors enjoy exploring the preserve throughout the year: on land from one of four hiking trailheads and on water via kayak or small boat. The Basin offers excellent birdwatching and wildlife observation opportunities. The Land for Maine’s Future Board supported the acquisition of 40 acres of the preserve in 2009.