New Easement Fills in Conservation Block
We’re delighted to accept a donated conservation easement on 73 acres of woodlands along 1.5 miles of the Dead River in Appleton that contributes to a 1,000 acre block of conserved land! It connects to two Maine Farmland Trust farm easements, and is within 1/4 mile of the Gibson Preserve and the Nature Conservancy’s Appleton Bog Preserve.
Protecting frontage along the Dead River, a headwater stream of the St. George River, and the woodlands that buffer it has been a long-term dream for Eileen O’Neil of Appleton. Ms. O’Neil started coming to the area in the 1970’s and offers “this place is special”, her eyes beaming, “and so I knew I needed to protect it for generations to come.”
This stretch of the Dead River is a quiet marshy complex that feeds into the upper St. George River, providing important fish and wildlife habitat. These forests sequester carbon (capturing carbon from the atmosphere through the process of photosynthesis) and fight global warming. The easement will allow a trail to be developed in the future offering the public the opportunity to appreciate this special place.