Witch Island was privately owned until Jane Sewall donated it to the Maine Audubon Society in 1986, which in turn transferred it to Coastal Rivers (then DRA) in 2009. (Sewall also donated Library Park to the DRA.) Previously known as Davis Island, the island was owned from 1897 to 1916 by Grace Courtland Chittenden, who liked to refer to herself as the “Witch of Wall Street”, hence the name Witch Island. When Sewall bought the island in 1964, the existing summer home and a boathouse had been vandalized. She had them both burned and built a small cottage, which still …

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Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: On the east side of Old County Road (across from the parking area), a gentle 0.2 mile loop winds along the northwest shore of Ross Pond and through mature forest. At the north end of the loop is a stream where resident beavers have built dams, forming ponds. On the west side of the road a second loop trail, 0.5 miles long, leads down to a small sandy beach at the southern end of Boyd Pond. Parts of the trail are steep and feature lovely moss and fern covered rock ledges. This is prime …

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A gift from Scott Long in 2016, the 44.5-acre Cosima’s Preserve sits on the west side of the Pemaquid River near the southern end of Biscay Pond. The property has 1,100 feet of frontage along the Pemaquid River, as well as 1,950 feet along Campbell’s Swamp Brook along the western edge. Along with the Brackett easement property to the west, and the Keyes Woods Preserve beyond that, these three adjacent properties create a 240-acre habitat block with about 4,000 feet of shoreline along the Pemaquid River. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Cosima’s Preserve has much to offer: a variety …

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The Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary on Waldoboro’s Dutch Neck includes 2 acres of grassy field and 9 acres of magical, moss-draped woodlands boasting some of the oldest white and red spruce trees in the mid-coast Maine area. The Nature Conservancy transferred this preserve to PWA in 1992. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Trail Description: The short trail from the parking area to the flat-rock banks of the Medomak River makes this an excellent picnic spot and an ideal walk for all ages. Explore the tidal marshland and the coastal geology visible from exposed bedrock, large granite boulders, and moraines. Overlooking …

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Pemaquid Pond Preserve consists of a 29-acre preserve as well as a 1.9-acre island on the shore of Pemaquid Pond in Bremen. The preserve was donated to PWA by the Stock-Moody family in 2015, with the intent to allow public enjoyment of this land on the shores of Pemaquid Pond while maintaining its natural state. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Desription: A gentle woodland walk of just over a quarter-mile brings you to the Pemaquid Pond shoreline, boasting broad vistas, rocky outcrops, sandy beaches and wooded shores. Along the shoreline, notice the prime examples of native vegetation that prevents erosion …

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Bass Rock Preserve, an 11-acre gem near the village of Round Pond, features 1,350 feet of deepwater frontage on Muscongus Bay. Inn 2009, PWA accepted the formal transfer from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of two lots totaling 10 acres. The two lots, which were separated by a privately held lot, were originally donated to TNC in 1973 by Bryan and Elfrida Holme. In 2013, Dr. F. Towne Allen of Centerport, NY, donated the middle one-acre lot, thus uniting the preserve into one property. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description Bass Rock Preserve is dominated by mixed hardwoods and conifers on …

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Hatchtown Preserve in Bristol was donated to PWA by the Pangilinan-Borromeo family in 2015. The intent is to keep this land along the Pemaquid River in a natural state, allow public enjoyment of the area, and to provide access to the river by non-motorized kayak and canoe. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Trail Abstract: This preserve consists of 35 acres along the west side of the Pemaquid River from south of the Hatchtown Bridge on the Lower Round Pond Rd down to the inlet into Boyd Pond. The primary conservation value is the undisturbed habitat along the shore of the …

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Pemaquid Watershed Association (now Coastal Rivers) accepted the 120-acre La Verna Preserve as a formal transfer from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2009. The preserve was acquired in three parts between 1965 and 1973. Dr. Elizabeth Hoyt and her sister, Mrs. Anna Mavor, donated a 30-acre parcel; their family trust, the La Verna Foundation, donated a 55-acre parcel; and The Nature Conservancy purchased the remaining 34-acre parcel at the southwest end of the preserve. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Trails: La Verna Preserve features the Hoyt Trail (0.6 mi), which follows the right -of-way across from the parking area, …

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Walpole Woods is a property of the Town of South Bristol. This approximately fifty acre woodlot was a gift of the neighboring Gordon Merriam family to the former Damariscotta Area Recreational Alliance in 1963. Subsequently, ownership was transferred to the Town of South Bristol in 1978. Stewardship of the property was entrusted to the Damariscotta River Association in 2003, which now, as Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, works in partnership with the town. It was Mr. Merriam’s wish “that trails could be opened up to the public for walks and enjoyment of woodland, springs, mosses, wildlife, etc. In winter the trails …

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This trail was built by Coastal Rivers Trail Tamers during the summer of 2014 on a 15-acre property on Rutherford Island in South Bristol. Look for the sign along West Side Road directing you to the trailhead. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Trail Description: The trail is “in and back” to a lookout over the Damariscotta River. Stone walls and other signs of historical agriculture are evident along the path. The final leg of the trail to the shore crosses private property, thanks to permission from the neighboring landowners. Please respect their gift of access by staying on the trail and …

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