In 1996, Dale Wheaton and Mark Danforth witnessed a float plane land on Spednic Lake and someone stepped out to place a “For Sale” sign on the Birch Islands, always considered the Crown jewel of Spednic Lake. The very thought of the heart and soul of this watershed being “For Sale” sent a ripple through the guide corps. While concern had been growing amongst guides that this lake and for that matter, the Region, could be lost to pressures of an ever encroaching world, immediate action was taken as long time guide Andrew Brooks. He quoted, “If we have to, we must dig into our own pockets to buy Birch Island”. In 1998, a 25-acre purchase of Birch Island and Little Birch Island by WWLT was conveyed to the State of Maine with restrictive deed covenants.