Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

The Woodie Wheaton Land Trust (WWLT) is seeking an Executive Director to drive the strategic mission of the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust. The successful Executive Director will be committed to land conservation and work collaboratively with an active Board of Directors in a remote environment with multiple priorities.

The qualified ED candidate demonstrates strong leadership skills with a foundation of business acumen required for leading land conservation efforts, guiding stewardship, supervising staff and interns, managing finances, and nurturing key relationships.

This self-directed individual is expected to

  • Effectively represent the Trust in the community.
  • Direct and develop a dynamic membership/donor development program.
  • Maintain an active grant seeking program with a regular schedule of research, writing, and applying for various grant opportunities to help fund conservation, outreach, and operational expenses.
  • Direct acquisition projects, including leading committees and Board in evaluation of land protection projects.
  • Serve as primary WWLT representative with landowners.
  • Engage in occasional GIS cartography work and GPS data collection.
  • Create baseline documentation and management plans for properties and easements.
  • Participate in board development and recruitment.
  • Manage various stewardship activities.
  • Actively engage and guide a team of volunteers.
  • Produce and maintain a rigorous schedule of WWLT communications.
  • Ensure WWLT compliance with organization’s policies and procedures, required licenses and permits, and LTA standards and practices.

This position is full time and year-round with seasonal office locations. The candidate must reside in the local area and work out of the WWLT office located in Forest City, Maine at a minimum 6 months of the year (May through October).  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Apply by July 31, 2019; Position begins September 2019

If you are highly motivated, passionate about land conservation, and prepared for the anticipated growth of the organization, with 3+ years of experience in non-profit management preferred, send your resume and a 30 second video clip about why you believe you’re the best candidate for this position to wwltjobs@gmail.com.

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

East Grand Highlands Trail

The East Grand Highlands Trail: A Community Hiking Project

 

Print Trail Map Here

EGHtrailkiosk

A NEW TRAIL SYSTEM IN DANFORTH

Chiputneticook, the Passamaquoddy name for our part of the St. Croix system, literally means “lakes among high hills.” It is an area of profound beauty and topographical interest. While much of the area’s natural beauty is accessible from the water, hiking trails can provide those on foot with an opportunity to experience some of this country.

Additionally, this is a time when education and outreach to the general public and active community involvement are more important than ever. As national trends regarding childhood obesity and nature-deficit disorder suggest, we need as many opportunities as possible for children and families to engage in the great outdoors and create meaningful nature-based memories.

Thus, when the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust was approached by a group from the Danforth area who felt the community could benefit from a trail system for hiking, WWLT staff and volunteers responded to the needs of the community by establishing the East Grand Highlands Trails. The trails became the first hiking area in Danfroth and were initially made possible through the generosity of the David B. Snow Jr. Family Trust, which granted an easement across a scenic portion of its land that overlooks Sucker Lake.

The trail head is on the east side of US Route 1, just south of downtown Danforth and 200 yards north of the Greenland Cove Road. The trail network extends up a hill and then splits to both circumnavigate Sucker Lake to the right (Sucker Lake Trail, medium difficulty, 1.55 miles) and extend further up the mountain to the left (Overlook Trail, easy difficulty, 1.6 miles). Areas constructed by the WWLT exist for picnicking at the Scenic Overlook area, on the shores of Sucker Lake, and on the eastern shores of nearby Greenland Island. A third trail called the Boulder Ridge Trail (medium difficulty, 0.88 miles), which will connect the Sucker Lake and Overlook Picnic areas, is in the process of being constructed and will be completed by the end of 2018.

The Snow family stated that they are “happy to allow the use of the land for the trails so that people can enjoy the natural beauty of the space”. Additionally, Steve Mine, who has driven forward the project for the trust, highlihgts that the trails are built on “a very beautiful area strewn with an abundance of fern covered glacial erratic boulders of all sizes and some areas of majestic old growth timber.”

If you are interested in supporting this exciting project and helping to maintain and extend existing trails, please send a donation to the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, 2 Grove Road, Forest City, Maine 04413, and note “EGH Trail Project” in the memo section. If you wish to donate your time and services, please send an email to: hikeeastgrandlake@yahoo.com or sgmine@aol.com.

 

TRAIL PHOTOS

Overlook Trail (Easy)

Overlook Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sucker Lake Trail (Moderate-Hard)

Sucker Lake Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boulder Ridge Trail (Moderate)

Boulder Ridge Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILS

From Brookton-
Stay on US-1 North for approx. 9.8 miles
Trailhead parking lot is immediately off US-1 on the right (soon after the Greenland Cove Campground sign). A large trail kiosk and yellow gate is visible.
From Houlton-
Take US-1 South towards Danforth until you arrive in Danforth. Make a left at the stop sign and continue to follow US-1. Stay on US-1 for approx. 3 miles. Trailhead parking lot is immediately off US- 1 on the left.

 

OFFICIAL EAST GRAND HIGHLANDS TRAIL MAP

trail map

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR TRAIL SPONSORS!

sponsors for trail

East Grand Headwaters

March 1, 2018 – The Woodie Wheaton Land Trust is pleased to announce a significant land acquisition within the East Grand Lake Watershed. The Headwaters Project will conserve 3,053 acres and many of the brooks and streams that nourish this clear water system.

The lands border 9.4 miles of Monument Stream in the town of Amity, and have both forested uplands and extensive riparian wetlands along Greenleaf and Glendenning Brooks. Abutting the southern border are 7,486 acres of land originally acquired in the East Grand Watershed Initiative, since conveyed to Maine’s Bureau of Public Lands and managed for its exceptional wildlife habitat. That project was also initiated by WWLT and acquired in a partnership with The Conservation Fund.Headwaters Aerial

WWLT recognizes the value these lands have to the local community and intends to keep them open for traditional uses such as hunting and fishing. Founded in 1994, the mission of the Trust is “to promote the protection, preservation and conservation of land and water in the Chiputneticook Lakes region of eastern Maine and western New Brunswick for the benefit of present and future generations.” Consistent with this mission is the long-term stewardship of our forests, not just for the benefit of the natural world, but also to sustainably meet the societal and economic needs of local residents. WWLT is carefully developing a management plan to steward these Headwater lands.

The seller is Lakeville Shores, part of the H.C. Haynes family of forest businesses based in Winn, Maine. Portions of the land have been subject to commercial forest harvests for generations of ownership.  WWLT will continue to pay property taxes and related forest fees due to their ownership of these lands.Amity- Monument Brook Aerial

Together, there will be some 10,541 acres of wild land under active conservation abutting the Canadian border in Amity and Orient. The Headwaters Project creates a rare opportunity to conserve land that has been documented as some of the finest unspoiled habitat for wild birds, aquatic mammals, and wetland vegetation in northern Maine. It hosts a vast wintering yard for whitetail deer, and is the largest area of “high value wading bird and waterfowl habitat” in the East Grand Watershed.

There are over 300 acres of wetlands in the conserved parcels, favored habitat for dozens of species of birds, some of which are rare and endangered. Monument Brook and its tributaries, particularly Greenleaf and Glendenning, have resident populations of wild brook trout. Protecting these wetlands and restoring riparian habitat for shade and sedimentation control are critical for the survival of brook trout. These and other biological and ecological considerations are an important part of the management of these lands.

Monument Brook establishes the International Boundary between Maine and New Brunswick, affirmed by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842. The use of its navigable waters and shore lands, now governed by two countries, provide a unique wilderness recreational experience.

Monument Brook 4Woodie Wheaton Land Trust has been interested in this land for over four years. Retired directors Elbridge Cleaves and Steve Keith have been enthusiastic about a conservation outcome, and their persistence and dedication deserves everyone’s gratitude. In the summer of 2017, WWLT directors were flown over the land in order to better see and comprehend the significance of this wild area. Canoe and ground tours were also conducted. The Trust was informed of the land’s ecological significance by the findings of professional ecologists and ornithologists. However, a degree is not needed to know this area is worth preserving.

Making this possible is a generous gift from Sam and Betty Shine of Indiana. Their affection for the area and profound interest in keeping these waters clean, along with their desire to see natural systems endure, has led to their support and encouragement of this project.Moose in Monument Brook

For further information please contact the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust at (207) 448-3250 or wwltoffice@gmail.com

Winter 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Comments to SCIWC on Canadian Heritage River Report

March 14, 2012

Messrs. Don Dougherty
Ken Gordon
Co-Chairs, St. Croix International Waterway Commission
St Croix International Waterway Commission
Box 610, Calais, ME 04619

Re: The St. Croix International Waterway Commission 2012 Canadian Heritage River Report

Gentlemen:

We appreciate the opportunity through Steve Keith of our Board to share resource information with Chris Barr about the Upper St. Croix-Chiputneticook Lakes area regarding the Commission’s 2012 Canadian Heritage River Report. This work is extremely timely as we believe there is a window of opportunity to permanently protect what remains of all that the Upper St. Croix represents. The purpose of this letter is to offer some general observations about the landscape and two related areas of concern; the first is natural character the second, scenic degradation.

Retaining Natural Character
East Grand Lake, in its entirety, is home to hundreds of cottages concentrated in approximately ten distinct but widely separated mixed residential/commercial neighborhoods. These separate and distinct neighborhoods have been incrementally developed, until recent times, near public road access. This clustering, as if planned, has strategically separated highly developed areas from sections of undeveloped shorefront, thus retaining a form of natural character unique to a developed lake. Furthermore, it is this fragile blending of the natural landscape that has for years been the major contributor to the desirability of East Grand for sport fishing and cottage owners alike. We believe further erosion of these natural shoreline areas will result in irreversible declines in the ecological, biological and cultural health of the watershed and risk the long term economic viability of the entire Upper St. Croix area.

Notwithstanding the above, there is one major advantage to addressing land use in the Upper St. Croix, and that is, a majority of the landscape is owned by a small number of landowners. The Crown through it’s acquisition of the former GP lands is the major landowner along the Canadian Shore including lands that abut Monument Brook. While almost all of these lands remain undeveloped, the Crown currently has avenues to change land use from timber to development under certain protocols. Conversely, many freehold interests that border the waterway have undergone a recent increase in development, especially those lands that border the upper part of East Grand Lake.

On the Maine side of the Upper St. Croix the percentage of the developed shore land has remained somewhat constant. However, the existing development footprint has undergone significant upgrades, enlargements, back lot subdivisions and shoreline alterations in response to a sizable increase in year-round and intensive seasonal residential use. The good news here is that most of what remains as undeveloped shorefront also resides with one owner. That owner, The Conservation Fund, recently purchased the former GP lands located in Weston and Orient that border the waterway. We believe they have plans to conserve much of the shore land around East Grand and North Lakes and to protect wildlife habitat along Monument Brook. These two landowners, the Crown and The Conservation Fund must serve as the focal point for the protection of the remaining natural character in this watershed. We strongly urge you to call for the Crown lands to be permanently protected from development and to wholeheartedly support The Conservation Fund efforts in the Upper St. Croix Watershed.

Scenic Degradation
Wind power development in Maine has seen tremendous political, regulatory and public financing momentum. However, one of the apparent flaws in the Maine regulatory system is the lack of proper vetting of specific site locations in the very early stages of wind farm development. This flaw leads to substantial community angst pitting the potential “windfall” of short-term local tax revenue against the long-term stewardship of all of the larger landscape’s natural resources.

We believe one of worst examples of a totally improper location, is the wind farm project proposed for the high land located southeasterly of East Grand Lake in Maine. This project, if approved, would potentially lead to the construction of a long line of 400+ foot high towers situated on a parallel ridge-line 2 miles or less from the Shore of East Grand Lake. A wind farm development at this location would totally dominate the Upper St. Croix landscape. We believe the project would not only destroy the existing scenic qualities and seriously degrade the area’s natural appeal (which is a major contributor to long-term economic health), but also frustrate much of what a Heritage River System should represent. We believe it is critical that this location be found off limits to wind farm development. To that end we urge you to exercise as much influence as possible.

The Woodie Wheaton Land Trust recognizes there is balance and synergy between sustaining the economic well-being of the Upper St. Croix communities in a heavily dependent natural resource economy, and the conservation of the area’s natural, cultural, and historic resources. Now is the time to permanently address that delicate balance. We urge you to pursue your work with these thoughts in mind, and to not hesitate to use us as a resource in this effort.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Elbridge G. Cleaves
Pres

xc-C. Barr
S. Keith
–D. Wheaton

Spednic Canadian Shore Partnerships

In 2012 the Land Trust began a multi-year effort to help strengthen the protection of the Canadian Shore. A Cross Border Working Agreement was executed with The Nature Trust of New Brunswick to help facilitate future funding of conservation projects within the International corridor. The relationship with The Nature Trust led to collaborative work on the Department of Natural Resources Protected Natural Areas Program and the Crown Lands Exchange policy. Crown Lands comprise nearly all of the remaining undeveloped shorefront along the upper St. Croix including East Grand in the Province of New Brunswick.

(please check back as this section is currently being re-written )