Thomaston to expand town forest with conservation grant

By Juliette Laaka | Nov 21, 2012
Source: Thomaston Town Office website, Lyman Morse An aerial view of Thomaston.

Thomaston — Ten acres have been secured for preservation by the town of Thomaston following financial assistance from a conservation grant.

The money, totaling $10,000, was awarded to the town by the Davis Conservation Foundation, of Falmouth, for the acquisition of a piece connecting the existing town forest property on the Oyster River and another town-owned parcel.

The town owns 2,200 waterfront footage on the river and through a partnership with the Georges River Land Trust, will create a river side pathway next year.

The new piece will give residents greater access to the water.

The town forest encompasses about 300 acres, said Pollution Control Superintendent John Fancy.

The swath of land was formerly owned by the Brooks Products Forest Company.

Fancy said the Thomaston Conservation Commission is planning to extend the trail system of the property, and is currently in negotiations to acquire another 130-acre parcel. "We are close to an agreement," he said.

The larger portion is the remaining piece between the town forest and the newly-acquired Brooks Forest piece, he said.

The town forest is used by residents for walking, hiking and hunting. Fancy said there are many wild turkeys and deer on the land.

"These are very good things that are happening for the town," Fancy said.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 549-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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