Twenty-Nine Years of Conservation History
1988 – 2018
May 31, 1990
Schools Canoe Landing
The first land protection project is completed: Eva Schools of Bethel donates seven acres of land including 1,000 feet of Androscoggin River frontage to the MLT in memory of her husband, George Schools. This is a collaborative effort with the Friends of the Androscoggin.
December 27, 1990
The first conservation easement is completed protecting the 204-acre Scruton Tree Farm in Upton. The easement is a gift of The Rev. Norman and Marion Scruton of Anacortes, WA. Rev. Scruton served as the minister of churches in Errol, Newry, and Upton during the 1940s and 50s and had a lifelong fondness for the Lake Umbagog Region.
October 10, 1991
Becky Kendall of Bethel donates a 35-acre island near Newt’s Landing in West Bethel. The Island is named Maurice Kendall Island in memory of her husband, who planted the pine plantation on the island and who, like Becky, had a life-long appreciation of the out-of-doors.
June 15, 1992
Buster and Ginny Williamson of Upton donate a conservation easement on their 133-acre woodlot in Newry. The easement includes the site of the Williamson homestead and is now a very highly productive woodlot and has been the site of many fine cross country ski trails.
February 26, 1993
Roy and Mary Newton of Gorham, New Hampshire, donate the Philbrook Islands totaling 21 acres in Gilead. One of the islands contains a fine example of a mixed hardwood floodplain forest.
July 27, 1995
Songo Pond Easement
The Songo Pond conservation easement is concluded. The easement protects 40 acres including 3,200 feet of frontage on Songo Pond, owned for many years by the Rich Family of Roanoke, Virginia. The property was initially donated to the Nature Conservancy which initiated the conservation easement before selling the property.
September 3, 1995
The Intervale Gateway project is completed. It is the first Mahoosuc Land Trust project requiring fundraising. The MLT Board successfully raises $60,000 to purchase the Gateway Preserve and $12,000 for its long term stewardship. The purchase preserves the scenic entry into Bethel Village.
September 4, 1997
Roy and Mary Newton of Gorham, New Hampshire, donate Newt’s Landing to the Mahoosuc Land Trust in memory of Roy’s father, the late Burt Newton of West Bethel. A canoe launch for public access to the Androscoggin River, Newt’s Landing is the second gift of land from the Newtons.
December 18, 1997
Becky Kendall donates the Hay Crossing, including 735 feet of frontage on the Androscoggin River, to the Mahoosuc Land Trust. Hay Crossing includes the site of the ford between Kendall Island and the mainland historically used to transport agricultural supplies and products to and from the island when it was used for agriculture. The Crossing provides easy access to the island for the land trust.
October 14, 1998
Michael and Priscilla Dolan, formerly of Bethel, donate the first of two parcels of land to the land trust for the purpose of re-sale. The properties include land located in South Paris and Woodstock. The proceeds of the sales are used to support MLT’s land protection program.
December 27, 1999
Helen Dolloff of Hanover donates 12-acre Willis Island to The Mahoosuc Land Trust. The island, located in the Androscoggin River in Hanover, includes prime wildlife habitat.
December 12, 2000
Androscoggin Canoe Trail
Mahoosuc Land Trust establishes the Androscoggin Canoe Trail. The trail includes a series of access points to the river between Shelburne and Rumford. The project is supported by the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program. Becka Roolf, a National Park Service employee, works with the Canoe Trail Committee over the next two years to complete the project.
December 23, 2000
The Mahoosuc Land Trust completes a successful capital campaign to raise $33,000 for the purpose of buying four and a half acres abutting the Intervale Gateway.
May 31, 2001
The Canoe Trail Committee successfully submits an application to the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program for funds to purchase Moran’s Landing, a five-acre parcel at the confluence of the Androscoggin and Bear Rivers, in Hanover. Bob and Cynthia Laux sell the property to the land trust at less than fair market value. The Department of Conservation and Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) funds complete the purchase.
October 14, 2003
MLT launches the Frenchman’s Hole Project. Maine Department of Conservation submits an application to LMF for funding to purchase Frenchman’s Hole in Riley. Frenchman’s Hole is an extremely popular swimming and picnicking site, having been used by local residents for generations. The new property is owned and managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and becomes part of the existing Mahoosuc Unit of the Maine Public Reserve Lands. MLT agrees to raise the local match funds for the department’s LMF grant and to be the caretaker of the property.
October 29, 2003
General Alger Farm Easement
The General Alger Farm Conservation Easement is completed. This easement protects 130 acres surrounding the historic General Alger Farm on Route 232 in Woodstock.
May 12, 2005
Maggie’s Nature Park Easement
Margaret Ring of Greenwood donates an 86-acre conservation easement on her land near South Pond in Greenwood. Mrs. Ring subsequently donates the fee to the Town of Greenwood which maintains the extensive trail network Maggie’s Nature Park.
February 25, 2005
Stewart Family Preserve
Bob Stewart of Cumberland donates 485 acres of land, including the three summits of Puzzle Mountain and five miles of the route of the Grafton Loop Trail, to the Mahoosuc Land Trust. The gift doubles the acreage owned by Mahoosuc Land Trust and protects an environmentally sensitive mountain top and an important hiking trail.
March 13, 2006
Patty Dooen of Bethel donates nine acres of Goodnow Island in the Androscoggin River at West Bethel to the Mahoosuc Land Trust. The island is recognized for its plentiful wild grapes and excellent wildlife.
2006 and 2007
The Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve
The Mahoosuc Land Trust launches a project to purchase and protect 750 acres of land on Rumford Whitecap Mountain. The open summit of the mountain has a 360 degree view, is abundant with blueberries in the summer, and provides fine telemark skiing in winter. MLT raises $490,000 to match LMF funding and acquires the preserve on March 31, 2007.
June 14, 2007
Grafton Loop Trail Parking Area
Bob Stewart of Cumberland donates land on Route 26 in Newry to be used for public parking by Grafton Loop Trail hikers.
Bethel Pathway Extension
The Bethel Pathway is extended crossing the Androscoggin River on a new pedestrian bridge, following the river to North Road.
December 26, 2007
Chandler Family Woodlot
John and Martha Chandler of Laconia, New Hampshire and Henry Chandler of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, donate a conservation easement on their 212-acre woodlot in Andover. The property is the site of a network of historic carriage trails built in the 1880s.
Bethel Pathway Extension to the Intervale Gateway
The Trails Committee receives a major grant from the Maine Recreational Trails Program to extend the Bethel Pathway onto the Intervale Gateway. The project adds an additional 1/2 mile to the Bethel Pathway.
July 15, 2009
First Mountain Easement
Larry Ely and Jennifer Lawson of Falmouth donate a conservation easement on 130 acres of scenic First Mountain in Shelburne, NH. This is the Mahoosuc Land Trust’s first land protection project in New Hampshire. The project is part of a community-based collaborative effort to protect the rural character of Shelburne.
June 18, 2010
Concord River Easement
The Nature Conservancy grants a conservation easement on the Concord River property in Woodstock, Milton and Rumford. The 4,623 acre easement protects a working forest, an enriched hardwood stand and an area near a bat hibernacula. The conservation easement is assigned to Mahoosuc Land Trust to monitor and enforce the easement terms.
October 26, 2012
The Nature Conservancy transfers title of Step Falls to the Mahoosuc Land Trust. The Land Trust rebuilds the trail to the falls and parking lot in the summer of 2013. More than 10,000 visit Step Falls Preserve in the summer of 2014.
June 1, 2013
Black and White Trail
The Mahoosuc Land Trust opens the five mile Black and White Trail from Whitecap Mountain over the summit of Black Mountain to the Black Mountain of Maine Ski Area parking lot.
September 25, 2013
Crow Mountain Easement
The Werner Family donates a conservation easement on their 240-acre Crow Mountain Farm in Shelburne, New Hampshire. The easement protects land extending from the summit of Crow Mountain to the Androscoggin River.
December 13, 2013
Flint Farm Easement
Bob O’Brien and Michaela Casey donate a conservation easement on their property in Albany. The easement includes Flint Pond and The headwaters of Flint Brook.
December 27, 2014
Glassface Ledges Conservation Area
Maureen Sheldon of Rumford donates 34-acres of land including the Glassface ledges, known for its outstanding views, to Mahoosuc Land Trust. The Land Trust susequently completes a walking path to the Ledges.
October 21, 2014
Mahoosuc Land Trust acquires a ¾-acre parcel of land on the Androscoggin River at Rumford Center and develops a public river access site.
November 6, 2015
Ellis River Conservation Area
The Mahoosuc Land Trust purchases the Ellis River Conservation Area, 227 acres of land along the Ellis River in Rumford. The land contains an unusual high number of rare and endangered species and is designated as a focus area of statewide ecological significance by Maine’s "Beginning with Habitat Program". For many years the land was owned by Burt and Jane deFrees whose children sold the land to the Land Trust.
January 22, 2016
Sonny Hastings donates an agricultural conservation easement to Maine Farmland Trust on 174 acres of prime agricultural soils located on the East Bethel Intervale. The easement, a collaboration project between Mahoosuc Land Trust and Maine Farmland Trust, is the Land Trust's first agricultural easement project.
April 5, 2016
Valentine Farm Conservation Center
Richard and Mary Valentine leave their 142 acre family property in Bethel to the Mahoosuc Land Trust. The Land Trust Board of Directors votes to establish the Valentine Farm Conservation Center at the property.
October 22, 2017
Mahoosuc Land Trust opens the Glassface Trail, a short, but steep hike to the Glassface Ledges with outstanding views.
December 22, 2016
Scruton Tree Farm
The children of Rev. Norman and Marion Scruton donate the fee interest in the 204 acre Scruton Tree Farm Conservation Easement to Mahoosuc Land Trust. The Scruton Tree Farm Conservation Easement was the Land Trust’s first conservation easement acquired in 1990. The gift was made to celebrate Rev. and Mrs. Scruton’s great love of nature, this land and the Lake Umbagog Region.
March 7, 2017
Whitecap Lots 36 and 37
Mahoosuc Land Trust purchases 140 acres connecting the Rumford Whitecap Mountain Preserve to the Ellis River Conservation Area. The purchase provides important connectivity between two very significant, but different ecological systems, including capturing the gradient of change between them.