Washington's Black Locust Farm protected in perpetuity

Nov 13, 2012
Washington's Black Locust Farm, owned by Lance and Yvonne Taylor, will be protected in perpetuity through a conservation easement with Medomak Valley Land Trust.

Washington — Approximately 90 acres of fields and wooded land on Old County Road were recently protected through the donation of conservation easement to Medomak Valley Land Trust. Thanks to the generosity of landowners Lance and Yvonne Taylor, this land will remain protected in perpetuity. With the donation of this easement, Medomak Valley Land Trust has now protected more than 3,000 acres in the watershed.

The property, known as Black Locust Farm, lies in the headwaters of Medomak River watershed. Fronting on a large brook which feeds directly into the upper portions of the Medomak River, the property protects the health of the river and provides crucial habitat for both large and small animals as well as the richly diverse bird life of the area. The rolling property with a view of the Camden Hills has a mix of fields and forest. There are stonewalls, streams, and several vernal pools which provide critical breeding habitat for amphibians. The Taylors sustainably manage their woods with wildlife habitat in mind, logging primarily with oxen using low impact forestry techniques.

Easement donors Lance and Yvonne Taylor purchased their land in 1973 and added to it during the years. Black Locust Farm is known for its cashmere goats which are bred on the farm. At one time they had more than 100 goats on the property, but currently have approximately 40. The goats are protected around the clock by a very large but friendly guard dog. The farm is also home to several horses, a pair of peacocks and other farm animals including geese and chickens.

The Taylors approached MVLT about conserving their land because they “wanted to preserve a gorgeous piece of land where future generations can watch animals grazing on the hill, and to protect the woodlands around a tributary to the Medomak River." They had considered conserving their land for years, and when they contacted MVLT a year ago the land trust was very excited to work together with the Taylors to protect their land.

With their generous donation, the Taylors are joining a growing group of people determined to preserve natural treasures for future generations.

“MVLT is extremely grateful to Lance and Yvonne for their generosity and foresight in conserving this important place.” said Liz Petruska, MVLT’s executive director, in a news release. “It is wonderful to be able to permanently protect a working farm, ensuring that our agricultural lands and the associated forest are not lost to development in the future.”

For more information about conservation options and MVLT’s services to landowners, please contact the land trust’s Waldoboro office at 832-5570.

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