November 20, 2020 – In 2018, the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust (WWLT) purchased 3,055 acres of former timber industry land, located along Monument Brook in the headwaters of the St. Croix River watershed. This acquisition was crucial to maintaining valuable wildlife habitat, protecting water quality in the East Grand Lake watershed, and preserving public access for traditional use.
We are excited to announce that in the fall of 2020, the WWLT successfully purchased an additional 919.5 acre parcel in the headwaters. This new parcel has many benefits such as protection of valuable habitat, streams and ecosystems, as well as it connects to our Greenleaf parcel, which allows for improved public access and visibility.
Important Characteristics of 919.5 Acre Parcel
- Connectivity to existing WWLT lands and Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Deer Wintering Areas
- Nearly 2 miles abutting the Greenleaf parcel
- Contains 2 major feeder streams into Monument Brook (brook trout spawning habitat)
- Ownership and control of land and access from US Route 1
Existing WWLT Lands in Amity (Glendenning & Greenleaf parcels)
- 3,055 acres in total
- 9.4 miles bordering Monument Brook
- Includes both forested uplands and wetlands
- Abuts 7,486 acres owned by the Bureau of Public Lands
- Largest area of high value wading bird and waterfowl habitat in the East Grand Watershed
- Contains 6 significant brook trout streams
This success of this project was made possible by receiving grants from nonprofit foundations and the support and generosity of our donors. We want to thank each and every one of you for you help. Without your support, this achievement would not have been possible. The WWLT is looking forward to conserving and restoring the parcel’s damaged forest, westland, and stream ecosystems to their natural state. We hope that you will someday visit the Headwaters Forest by land or by water and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer.