The Nature Conservancy announced the protection of 275 acres in Arrowsic on the Back River, a tributary to the Kennebec Estuary. The conservation easement, purchased from the Holt Woods Research Foundation, includes three miles of frontage on the Back River, shore frontage on Sewall Pond and more than 50 acres of high quality saltmarsh habitat.
“The Kennebec Estuary is one of Maine's most significant natural assets; the tidal marshes found here play a key role in sustaining wildlife, like bald eagles, shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds and migratory fish,” said Mike Tetreault, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine.
The conservation easement will allow for continued scientific research on forest ecology and sustainable forest management as well as educational opportunities.
In purchasing the easement, The Conservancy partnered with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to secure a National Coastal Wetland Conservation grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
“The Holt Forest conservation easement will protect important areas of coastal wetland and upland buffer habitats in the Lower Kennebec Estuary,” said Stewart Fefer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife e Service. “It is also a key component of a large complex of contiguous coastal habitats protected forever for fish, wildlife and people in the diverse Back River Estuary.”
The property links to other conservation lands, creating a 1,075-acre block of nearly contiguous protected land. The extensive waterfrontage and access from public road made this property highly desirable for residential development.
Over the years – through a unique partnership of public and private partners – nearly 18,000 acres of land within the Kennebec Estuary have been preserved. In addition to conserving important wildlife values, these lands preserve drinking water, maintain the rural character of Maine’s coast and offer opportunities for public recreation.
For more information on the Kennebec Estuary, visit nature.org/maine.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.