Dedicated to the conservation and protection of native ecosystems, farm and forestlands, watersheds,
and scenic landscapes for the benefit of wild and human communities in western Maine.
Dear Members and Friends,
Over the years the Trust has always been proud of it membership base. It has been the source of support for our projects and a promoter of the Trust’s role in our community. Members have spent time and money helping to preserve special places in the landscape of western Maine. There are times, however, when the entire membership needs to mobilized to confront situations that threaten the Trust’s ability pursue its mission.
This is one of those times. 3/25/2015
Letter from the President
Long Point Easement, 56 Acres on Thompson Lake
The Packard Trail at Virgil Parris Forest in Buckfield
Maurice G. Benson Forest: 182 Acres of in West Paris and Woodstock
Hague Easement, 88 Acres of Working Fields, Waterford, Maine
Waterford Ledges, 5.6 acre parcel at the entrance to the Settler’s Knoll
Fall at Roberts Farm Preserve, Norway, Maine
Watkins Easement, 690 Acres in Harrison, Maine
Watkins Easement Protects 690 Acres, 1.2 Miles of Frontage, Harrison, Maine
Watkins Easement, Harrison, Maine
Roberts Farm Preserve, Norway, Maine provides snowshoes and XC skis
Groomer sets tracks at Roberts Farm Preserve, Norway, Maine
Warming hut at Roberts Farm Preserve is open on weekends and offers skis
XC Ski team member tuning skis at Roberts Farm Preserve warming hut
Roberts Farm Preserve Nordic Skiing, Norway, Maine
XC Ski team training at Roberts Farm Preserve, Norway, Maine
Roberts Farm Preserve, Norway, Maine
Map & Go
Map & Go
Map & Go
Map & Go
Start training for the 8th ANNUAL NORWAY TRIATHLON, July 11th, 2015!
Held annually at Lake Pennesseewassee Park in Norway, Maine. This event is USAT-sanctioned.
Race Results for 2014: norwaytri.com
For information about the triathlon, how you can contribute, volunteer, or register as a triathlete or as part of a team, please visit norwaytri.com. All proceeds support WFLT!
Western Foothills Land Trust is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Campaign to Protect Noyes Mountain, Greenwood
Western Foothills Land Trust protects farmlands, wetlands, forestlands, unique natural resources and open space in the greater Oxford Hills area of Western Maine. The Trust holds conservation easements on privately owned lands (3,615 acres) and owns 7 Preserves in the region (1,856 acres). The Trust also manages recreational trails on its Preserves and collaborates within its community to create healthy opportunities.
Please consider making a contribution towards Western Foothills Land Trust membership, general support, or the fundraising campaign for the Roberts Farm Preserve to further the work. Help us to make a difference in the local landscape and CONTRIBUTE TODAY!
Most often the land trust works with land owners to protect the working lands they have loved and managed to assure that the natural assets of the land will be available for future generations. Less frequently the Trust works to purchase land that has been identified as significant for its natural resources, location, or cultural significance.
Noyes Mountain is an example of both. The Trust is working with the owners to create a long term vision for land they love, beneficial for the land, the sellers, and the community. The 286-acre parcel the Trust intends to purchase for $300,000 includes road access, a 600’ elevation gain, a section of old county road and miles of well-maintained twitch trails, 12 acres of prime farmland soils, a northern hardwood forest, state-identified rare plant species, and provides access to the pegmatitic outcroppings of the Harvard Quarry (tourmaline!) The Noyes Mountain parcel provides excellent wildlife habitat as it lies in an undeveloped block of 2,691 acres. It also includes over 2,000 feet of stream habitat and, given its size and altitude, is an important forested filter for the Norway Lake watershed.
Noyes Mountain will provide non-motorized access to the rare views from the summit and quarry. The iconic view of Noyes Mountain from the southern shore of Norway Lake, will remain as it has been since settlement, a working rural landscape. The Trust will manage Noyes Mountain similar to other Preserves we steward. It would maintain existing trails on site, and potentially add additional trails for hiking, skiing, and mountain biking if consistent with our overall resource conservation goals. It would continue to allow hunting on site, keep the parcel in tree growth tax basis and manage the forest responsibly.