The Land Trust received its first land donation of 9.5 acres near Charles Pond in Fryeburg, Maine from the Stearns family. The property consists of state rare natural communities identified by the Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP) as Mixed Tall Sedge Fen and Silver Maple Floodplain Forest and includes a population of the rare plant MacGregor’s ryegrass. According to Don Cameron, Botanist/Ecologist for MNAP, the extensive and diverse wetlands and floodplain along this portion of the Cold River make this a very dynamic and rich habitat for wildlife and plants.
Tom Earle, President of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, noted “We are extremely grateful to the Stearns family for this generous gift to the Land Trust. We hope that this donation will be the seed for further land conservation along the Cold River, which is a vital tributary of the Saco River.”