Storer Pond woodlands conserved in Waldoboro
Waldoboro — John and Susan Morris of Waldoboro recently donated a conservation easement of 140 acres of woodlands on Storer Pond to the Medomak Valley Land Trust.
Thanks to their generosity this land will now remain protected forever, ensuring its use as habitat and sustainably managed forestland and farmland, and limiting future development, according to a news release from Medomak Valley Land Trust.
The newly protected property, known as the East Woods of Storer Mountain Farm, contains more than 1,200 feet of frontage on Storer Pond, an undeveloped headwater pond of the Medomak River that drains the western flank of Clarry Hill. The pond contains habitat for warm and cold water fish species and provides nesting habitat for loons, ducks, and dozens of other bird species. Like East Woods, the shoreline of the pond is mostly forested and undeveloped, contributing to good water quality and unusually clear waters. MVLT has worked with landowners here to protect close to 650 acres that include a mix of wild areas and managed fields and forestlands.
For the Morris', commitment to conservation begins at home. They purchased the farm in the ‘70s and have developed a strong love of the land that has grown over many years of cultivating organic blueberries and exploring the rocky fields and forests. This dedication to good stewardship, along with concerns about the rapid development of local farms and forests, led Susan Morris and other watershed residents to found the Medomak Valley Land Trust in 1991.
“We are very happy and relieved to have the easement on this woods parcel completed,” said Susan Morris in a news release. “Now it’s time to start putting on paper the easement on the rest of the farm that we have been working on in our heads for the last 20 years. We want to make sure the beautiful fields you see as you drive up Storer Mountain Road continue, long after we are gone, to grow blueberries, not houses.”
For more information about conservation options and MVLT’s services to landowners, please contact the land trust’s Waldoboro office at 832-5570 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit medomakvalley.org.