The waterfront estate near Bozman in Talbot County was once a hunting preserve for the DuPont family. It was donated to Audubon 13 years ago by Jean Ellen duPont Shehan to be a nature preserve and outdoor education center. But nearly two years ago, the society, short on funds to maintain the estate and wanting to focus on its other programs and properties, elected to sell it. However, state and local governments declined the society's overtures, citing a lack of funds, and neighboring residents worried that the wildlife-rich tract might be developed or no longer accessible to the public.
Pascal, 75, said he intends to return at least part of the tract to cultivation, raising organic beef, hay and chickens there. He also said he plans to enhance its wildlife habitat to attract quail, and possibly even try raising oysters on leased bottom in Broad Creek just offshore. "I want to make it into an environmental area where the general public can come and witness how to keep it pristine," he said. Though he said he intends to preserve the land from development and allow public access, Pascal added he could not comment on whether he plans to put any of the land into permanent conservation easement.
Pascal served as county executive from 1974 to 1982, and was state senator for one term before that. A Republican, he made an unsuccessful bid in 1982 to unseat Gov. Harry R. Hughes. He now owns St. Michaels Harbour Inn and Marina and is an investor in Baltimore's Harbor East development. He lives on a 500-acre farm on the Miles River in Talbot County, and said he owns other tracts on the Shore.