The Nature Conservancy’s 12,710-acre Bradley-Sunkhaze Preserve lies between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands’ Bradley Unit, creating a 33,472-acre conservation area.
This forested preserve is dominated by a mix of evergreens, including white pine, red pine, northern white cedar, balsam fir and eastern hemlock. Titcomb Brook and Birch Stream are the two major stream systems flowing through the preserve—all draining to the Penobscot River.
Forty-two species of breeding birds have been documented on the preserve; most notably gray jay, black-billed cuckoo, boreal chickadee and Canada warbler. A series of wetland areas provide almost 1,800 acres of habitat for waterfowl and wading birds.
The preserve is managed as an ecological reserve, where the forest is shaped by natural process such as wind, ice and other weather events.
This forest is conserved and cared for thanks to the assistance of TD Bank and The Nature Conservancy of Canada as part of the TD Forests Program.