When land is chopped up, and developed in a haphazard way, wildlife loses, our local economy loses, and often the farmers do too. We need to balance develop with the conservation of our community’s farms, forests and the vital connection to water.
Now, thanks to hundreds of people, the conservation purchase of a critical parcel, formerly known as the deFrees farm, containing important wildlife habitat--along with the protection of an adjacent beautiful and critical farm--is almost complete.
The land includes over two miles of frontage on the meandering Ellis River, then rising from the river valley up the slopes of Whitecap Mountain and abutting the 750 acre Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve.
The project will conserve the trail head and an important section of the trail to the summit of Whitecap Mountain, provide public access to the Ellis River, and create the opportunity for an expanded loop trail which will link the trail to the summit with an existing trail along the river.
The protection of the adjacent farm, generously being conserved by Jon Starr and Brie Weisman, connects the lands together—and will create an extraordinary conservation landscape to help conserve clean water, local agriculture, and the habitat of the River.
We need your help: We can’t do this without you. This amazing conservation project of over 400 acres (the farm and the wildlife conservation area purchase), is almost ready to go: we only need the last $16,000 from people like you. Please donate as generously as you can before the end of August. The farm, the forest, and the River depend on it.
People really care. That was the strong message we received this past spring when people from the community told us what role they wanted conservation to play in the future. We learned that in a time of rapid social and economic changes, land and water conservation is something people want—as well as the programs that connect people to the land.
You can download the plan here. Or feel free to stop by our office if you’d like to say hi or chat about the plan.
September 23: "This is Your Drinking Water" at 7PM at McLaughlin Auditorium at Gould Academy.
September 26: Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
October 25: Mahoosuc Land Trust Annual Meeting, 7PM at Ordway Hall at Gould Academy.
• Unspoiled scenic views
• A clean and accessible Androscoggin River
• Pedestrian-friendly communities
• Protected wildlife habitats
• Outdoor recreation
• Preservation of plant diversity
• Promotion of working farms
• Productive and sustainable forests
• Education for an environmentally aware public