Headwaters Properties

The Headwaters Properties are composed of three distinct parcels: Glendenning, Greenleaf, and Headwaters Forest. These public access properties are great for hunting, fishing, and hiking. The topography of the area is primarily lowland cedar swamps and wetlands. Boat access varies depending on Monument Brook’s water level.

45.93426°N
67.78253°W
Location
Amity, ME
Size
3,972.50 acres
Date Protected
February 2018 & November 2020
Classification
Public
Features
Water Access
Foraging
Fishing
Licensed Hunting
Hiking
Non-motorized Biking
ATV & Snowmobile
Cross Country Skiing
Horseback Riding
Wildlife Watching

Glendenning Parcel

Location: Amity, ME 
Date protected: February 2018
Size: 1,504 acres
Coordinates: 45.93426, -67.78253
Classification: Public


Conservation Purpose

The Glendenning Parcel is held by WWLT for the purpose of conserving the headwaters of East Grand and the St. Croix River, and to maintain public access for traditional uses. Included in these uses are hunting, fishing, and hiking. WWLT also wishes to restore wildlife habitat through appropriate forestry practices. 


Activities

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Licensed Hunting
  • ATVs/Snowmobile
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Non-motorized Biking
  • Foraging (personal use only)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Access


Key Features & Property Description

The Glendenning Parcel is primarily lowland areas that host cedar swamps, wetlands, and other lowland forest species. The wildlife habitat that this provides is absolutely amazing. Many different species of bird live in the region along with larger species such as deer and moose. If you are willing to hike off trails and through wetlands, you can reach Monument 1, the northernmost point of Monument Brook.


Public Access

  • Public access via Wildwoods Road, which takes you along the eastern border of the property
  • Boat access varies depending on water levels in Monument Brook (high water levels required for access) 
  • Hunting, fishing, non-motorized biking, ATVing and snowmobiling (on main roads), hiking, cross country skiing, foraging, and horseback riding


Property Rules and Permitted Rules:

  1. Roads are largely unimproved. Be cautious that washouts may occur.  Proceed with caution. 4WD recommended.
  2. Campfires are strictly prohibited.
  3. Carry-in, carry-out all trash. NO DUMPING.
  4. Tipping is prohibited.

The following uses are permitted:

  • Traditional Uses (Hunting/Fishing): All hunting stands must be clearly  labeled with the owner's contact information. All Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) hunting rules & laws apply
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiles & ATVs permitted on main roads only
  • Horseback Riding
  • Biking (non-motorized)
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Foraging (for personal use only)


State of Maine rules and regulations apply.



Greenleaf Parcel

Description: The Greenleaf Parcel is held by the WWLT for the purpose of conserving the headwaters of East Grand Lake and the St. Croix River. The largely lowland parcel features cedar swamps, wetlands, and lowland forest species. It’s perfect for hunting, fishing, ATVs, snowmobiling, and more.
Location:
Amity, ME
Date protected: February 2018
Size: 1,549 acres
Coordinates: 45.87691, -67.82856
Classification: Public


Conservation Purpose

The Greenleaf Parcel is held by WWLT for the purpose of conserving the headwaters of East Grand and the St. Croix River, and to maintain public access for traditional uses. Included in these uses are hunting, fishing, and hiking. WWLT also strives to restore wildlife habitat through appropriate forestry practices. 


Activities

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Licensed Hunting
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Non-motorized Biking
  • ATVs/Snowmobiling
  • Foraging (personal use only)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Access


Key Features & Property Description

The Greenleaf parcel is host to numerous wetlands that border Monument Brook. Primarily consisting of lowland forests and cedar swamps, Greenleaf is located in a historic deer and moose wintering area and wading bird habitat. The wildlife habitat that this provides is absolutely amazing. 


Public Access

The property can be accessed by Champion Road and Monument Brook. Once on the property, visitors are allowed to hunt and fish, bike, or ride ATVs. In the winter, cross country skiing is a wonderful option. Feel free to just walk and enjoy the sounds of nature or birdwatch. 


Property Rules:

  1. Roads are largely unimproved. Be cautious that washouts may occur. Proceed with caution. 4-WD recommended.
  2. Campfires are strictly prohibited.
  3. Carry-in, carry-out all trash. NO DUMPING.
  4. Tipping is prohibited.

The following uses are permitted:

  • Traditional Uses (Hunting/Fishing)- All hunting stands must be clearly labeled with the owner's contact information. All IF&W hunting rules & laws apply
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiles & ATVs permitted on main roads only
  • Horseback Riding
  • Biking (non-motorized)
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Foraging (for personal use only)

State of Maine rules and regulations apply.



Headwaters Forest

Description: Located along Monument Brook, in the headwaters of the St. Croix Watershed, the property (formerly timber industry land) is now a thriving wildlife habitat and protects the water quality in the East Grand Lake watershed. 
Location: South Amity
Date protected: November, 2020
Size: 919.5 acres
Coordinates: 45.88091, -67.85197
Classification: Public


Conservation Purpose

The Headwaters Forest property allows for more active management of deer wintering habitat and public recreation. Furthermore, the Headwaters Forest is crucial to maintaining valuable wildlife habitat, protecting water quality in the East Grand Lake watershed, and preserving public access for traditional use.


Activities

  • Hiking
  • Licensed Hunting
  • ATVs/Snowmobiling
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Non-motorized Biking
  • Foraging (personal use only)
  • Horseback Riding


Key Features & Property Description

The Headwaters Forest is a recovering timberland that provide habitat to a variety of wildlife species. The Headwaters Forest is the upland component of the Greenleaf Parcel. It boasts forests consistent with the northern hardwoods and mixed woods. These include species such as maple, aspen, birch, spruce, fir, and cedar. Wildlife in the area includes plenty of birds, ruffed grouse, deer, moose, and beaver. Old log landings are wonderful places that tend to highlight a wide selection of wildflowers. 

Public Access

The Headwaters Forest offers a variety of public recreation opportunities. Such opportunities include hunting, non-motorized biking, atvs and snowmobiling (on main roads), hiking, cross country skiing, foraging, and horseback riding. 


Property Rules:

  1. Roads are largely unimproved. Be cautious that washouts may occur.  Proceed with caution. 4-WD recommended.
  2. Campfires are strictly prohibited.
  3. Carry-in, carry-out all trash. NO DUMPING.
  4. Tipping is prohibited.

The following uses are permitted:

  • Traditional Uses (Hunting/Fishing)- All hunting stands must be clearly labeled with the owner's contact information. All IF&W hunting rules & laws apply
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiles & ATVs permitted on main roads only
  • Horseback Riding
  • Biking (non-motorized)
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Foraging (for personal use only)


State of Maine rules and regulations apply.



About Headwaters Forest Acquisition

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

This success of this project was made possible by receiving grants from nonprofit foundations and the support and generosity of our donors. 


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