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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One of few intact saltwater farms in the Midcoast, this 115-acre wildlife preserve was acquired in several pieces starting in 1994 with the help of generous members, neighbors, and donors, including Betty Noyce. LEARN MORE ABOUT SALT BAY FARM Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: A variety of habitats in close proximity make the Farm a regional birding destination. Other highlights of the property include Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, a popular sledding hill, salt and restored freshwater wetlands with an observation platform, and trails through forest and meadow along Great Salt Bay, Maine’s first Marine Protected Area. Directions to Trailhead: …

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The Crooked Farm Preserve was established in 2002, as a result of a community partnership among Crook family, the Carpenter’s Boat Shop, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, and the Damariscotta River Association, along with the financial support of the local community and funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Program in collaboration with the Maine Department of Conservation. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Crooked Farm Preserve is open to the public for walking, boating, hunting and fishing with nearly 130 acres of forest, wetlands, and open fields, complete with high knolls and ravines. Its gravel streambeds are spawning habitat for …

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Whaleback is an 11 acre property owned by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and operated cooperatively with Coastal Rivers. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust/Partner Owned Description: The site once contained a massive oyster shell heap or midden formed over a period of more than 1,000 years by Native Americans. The shells were processed for chicken feed in the late 1800’s, leaving behind just a fraction of the original mounds. Interpretive storyboards relate the history of the middens, their accumulation and destruction, and also share stories of the Upper Damariscotta River. A swinging bench by the shore affords an …

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Seal Cove Shore Preserve lies on the western side of the cove bearing its name. A wooded property, it contains fresh and saltwater wetlands, towering white pines, and 3,000 feet of water frontage. The shoreline is marked by a minor cove or “bight” frequented by wading birds and small fish, including at least two species of sticklebacks–native minnows.  Seal Cove itself provides wading bird and waterfowl habitat and supports extensive and economically significant clam flats. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Trail Abstract: A spur trail leads along a ridge then crosses primeval wetland to the start of a one mile …

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Tracy Shore is a property of the Town of South Bristol along the eastern shore of Jones Cove on the Damariscotta River. A well-marked system of trails wends its way past vernal pools, cascading streams, and cliffs adorned in rock tripe and ferns, culminating at a promontory affording stunning views of the cove and river. Much of the viewshed is protected by conservation easements donated to the DRA by preservation-minded neighbors. Read “Featured Trail: Discovering Tracy Shore” and see a photo gallery of images (May 26, 2016). Managing organizations: Partner owned/Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust co-managed Trail Abstract Mr. and Dr. (Mrs.) …

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Stratton Island was one of Coastal Rivers’ (then DRA’s) very first acquisitions. The 28-acre island was a gift of the late Ann Stratton in 1988. The Strattons of Shreveport, Louisiana traveled to Maine every summer and until 1938 made Hodgdon’s their “menigawum,” which according to family tradition means “island home.” They kept a cow and built a large log cabin on the land. Sign of their habitation can still be seen, but, save for a well-defined foot trail, the human presence has faded into the background. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Trail Description Both eagles and osprey have nested on the …

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A great walk along the shore and woods of Great Salt Bay on a combination of boardwalks, bridges, and trails. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Salt Bay Preserve skirts the northern and eastern shore of Glidden Point, which was bisected by Route 1 in the 1960’s. The 1.5 mile trail begins with boardwalks across a salt marsh and follows the shoreline of the Great Salt Bay before crossing under Route 1 through an old sheep tunnel. A spur to the shore allows access to one of Maine’s most important archaeological sites – the great and ancient Indian shell heaps …

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The preserve consists of approximately 71 acres of wooded land with over a mile of shoreline along the Damariscotta River, with rocky points, quarries, and views of both Seal Cove and Long Cove. Originally a gift to The Nature Conservancy by the Richardson Family, the preserve is now owned by Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust. Read Plummer Point Preserve – A History Managing Organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description An access road runs from Route 129 and trails start from either side of the access road and lead to the shoreline. Several loop options are available and a winter weather cut-off called …

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2021 Harvest Operation Update As of March 12, 2021, the timber harvest is complete and all trails are open.  A message from the Bureau of Parks and Lands: Thanks for your patience during the trail closure to ensure public safety. The sustainable harvest of timber from public lands provides vital revenue to manage recreation, wildlife and care for your Public Lands. The timber produced on public lands is an important part of Maine’s forest based economy. About Dodge Point: Dodge Point was once an award winning tree farm owned by the Freeman Family. The State of Maine purchased it in …

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