Land trust, Midcoast Habitat both benefit from donation

Jan 05, 2018
From left, Tia Anderson, director of Midcoast Habitat for Humanities, and Annette Naegel, director of conservation Georges River Land Trust, at the closing for the newest addition to Riverview Hayfields Preserve.

Rockland — This month, the Georges River Land Trust and Midcoast Habitat for Humanity received a donation that allowed for the purchase of a 57-acre parcel in the center of the land trust’s Bridging Two Rivers Project in South Thomaston, with a house and barns that will be used for Midcoast Habitat for Humanity programming. The property, known as Riverview Hayfields Farm by previous owner St. Charles, was purchased with an anonymous donation to create two tracks.

The house and barn along Route 131 is now owned by Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, and the surrounding 57 acres that extends to the Weskeag River, located between the Riverview Hayfields Preserve to the north and the Paulsen Easement to the south, is now owned by Georges River Land Trust.

Since 2007 when Georges River Land Trust purchased the first 15 acres in the Bridging Two Rivers area, also owned by St. Charles, the Land Trust made a pledge to the community of supporters that this investment would reap benefits beyond its borders to leverage a landscape of conservation land between the St. George River and Weskeag Marsh. More than 500 acres is now conserved to benefit the wildlife, traditional farming and fishing, and public access.

With the purchase of the former Riverview Hayfields Farm, there is truly a land bridge between the St. George and Weskeag Rivers, specifically 512 acres and one and a half miles of shorefront on the Weskeag, along with the 72 acres and three quarters of a mile of shorefront on the St. George River.

In addition to the 584 acres conserved by Georges River Land Trust, the Bridging Two Rivers initiative includes the adjacent Waldo Tyler Wildlife Management Area and lands protected by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust -- combining more than 1,500 acres of field, marsh and woodlands in this biologically significant riparian corridor that will remain intact and available for wildlife and traditional uses.

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