Update: With the help of our community, in the fall of 2016, we acquired an additional 38 acre parcel across from the Anderson Farm on Rte. 131 just after the railroad tracks in South Thomaston. This piece, also known as ‘Anderson West’, adds valuable acreage to the Riverview Hayfields Preserve. This preserve now covers 259 acres with a half mile of frontage along the Georges River, providing critical habitat and a ‘flyway’ for migrating birds.
With this addition, over 1,300 acres of land have been conserved between the Weskeag and Georges Rivers. Since we launched the Bridging Two Rivers regional vision eight years ago, 485 acres have been protected by Georges River Land Trust through the sale and donation of conservation land by three families. A huge thank you to all our supporters – we couldn’t have done it without you!
The Riverview Hayfields Preserve is prominently located on the shore of the Georges River. These properties were used for grazing and hay production for the much of the past 40 years. Its name recognizes the adjacent Riverview Farm of former owners, Ed and Mary St. Charles, and the history of land use in this area.
These lands have significant acreage classified as wetlands and the vegetation today reflects this condition with a variety of wetland shrubs and grasses. The 2,600 feet of frontage on the Georges River protects important mudflats that are used by clammers and feeding shorebirds.
We are currently working on developing public access infrastructure. In the meantime, the preserve may be enjoyed by those driving along Route 131 in South Thomaston.
Directions to the Property
To view the property, follow Route 131 south from Route 1 in Thomaston, toward South Thomaston and St. George. Just over the railroad tracks the 2013 200-acre expansion can be seen on the left, the newest addition is immediately across the road on the right, and the original Riverview Hayfields Preserve is on the right as well (see map).