Moose Pond Brook Conservation Easement
Denmark & Hiram, ME
09-27-2012 and 12-26-2013
The 1,386-acre Moose Pond Brook conservation easement is located within Maine’s Upper Saco River Focus Area, an area of statewide ecological significance. In partnership with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife & The Nature Conservancy in Maine, the Land Trust first purchased a conservation easement on 1,345 acres of this land with grant funding from the federal Landowner Incentive Program (LIP funds). The LIP funds are designated to protect and restore habitat on private lands and to protect federally listed rare, threatened and endangered species.
Then, in late 2013, the new owners of the property, Howard and Penny Burt, donated a conservation easement on an additional 41 acres of abutting land which they also owned. (This additional easement was recorded as a separate legal document, although both easement areas are managed as one entity.) This second, smaller easement preserved much of the undeveloped road frontage along Bull Ring Road in Denmark. We are very grateful to the Burts for their generosity and vision in protecting this land for all future generations.
Significant conservation values include:
- Several rare species, including globally rare dragonflies & state rare snakes & turtles
- 71 acres of National Wildlife Inventory wetlands providing significant waterfowl & wading bird habitat
- Located within a 9,125-acre habitat block which promotes greater species diversity
- Adjacent to other conserved lands
- 347-acre Bull Ring Preserve
- 111-acre Dragon Meadow Brook CE
- 415-acre Bull Ring Annex CE
- 7,125 of scenic, undeveloped road frontage on Route 117
- 1,090 feet of riparian habitat on Dragon Meadow Brook, a significant tributary to the Saco River