Recently,York Land Trust permanently protected a 15-acre parcel off of Mountain Road in the heart of the Mt. Agamenticus wilderness, as part of the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative.
Thanks to a grant from The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program (MNRCP), York Land Trust was able to purchase the property and eliminate the threat of acquisition by a developer or private abutters, one of which is actively marketing a 123-acre parcel. The property abuts conservation land owned by The State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and is proximal to thousands of acres of conservation land in the Mt. Agamenticus region.
The parcel features a Hemlock Hardwood Pocket Swamp which is a rare wetland plant community only found in southern Maine. Chestnut oak, smooth winter berry holly and black gum are also present on the property and considered rare in Maine by the Maine Natural Areas Program.
YLT will manage the property for plant and wildlife habitat and low-impact recreation, including maintenance of the woods roads on the property that are part of a vast trail network in the area.