Saco Valley Forest
Maine, Oxford County
The property is or will be encumbered by a conservation easement as described below.
This property is a unique timberland investment in the Lakes Region of southern Maine near the Saco River in Maine. It includes two building lots along Route 117 within a working forest conservation easement, an established road system, and two major brooks offering water access to the Saco River. Less than 60 miles from Portland, Maine between Sebago Lake and the White Mountains of NH. Forest inventory indicates 57% softwoods and 43% hardwoods. Sawlog volume consists largely of white pine, hemlock, oak and the maples.
Primary Conservation Objectives
Saco River floodplain is an irreplaceable ecoregional portfolio conservation area with several conservation targets found nowhere else and a large and excellent condition example of a floodplain system. It also represents a good opportunity to protect large blocks of representative forest. The Saco River itself is a high priority within the aquatic portfolio in Maine because of its size and excellent intact condition. Priority conservation targets include Saco River mainstem upstream of Hiram Dam, forested floodplain, non-forested floodplain including Long's Bulrush and rare dragonflies, riverwash barrens, contiguous upland blocks, priority tributaries including native fish and rare invertebrates.
Saco River access and floodplain forest.
Easements and Restrictions
A conservation easement will be held by the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, an established regional land trust that promotes land conservation and sustainable forest management through the Upper Saco River Valley. The spirit, intent and language of the easement supports a reasonable level of professional forestry discretion as it relates to third party certification standards. The conservation easement designates two large building envelopes located along the Route 117 frontage. Building Envelope 1 is 15.1 acres in size and occupies the northern portion of the tract. Building Envelope 2 is 26.5 acres in size and occupies the central portion, and is bordered by the main access road. Each envelope may be subdivided further in accordance with municipal zoning regulations.