In 2016 SWT received a generous grant from the Eastman Charitable Foundation to develop a pollinator field at Parsons. A management plan has been developed to control and/or eradicate the invasive choke cherry growing throughout the 20-acre field and to introduce native wildflowers in a seed reserve on the property. Lupines, common milkweed, and many flower seeds preferred by bees, butterflies and other pollinators are being cultivated. A small kiosk is being built for the site which will contain a brochure to encourage other owners of fallow fields to develop pollinator sites.
During the summer and fall of 2017 SWT hired Brian Alexander, a trail consultant, to develop up to 7 miles of mountain bike trails at Coburn Woods in Skowhegan. Three miles of trails were officially opened in November, 2017 and work continues with volunteers to complete the system. Eventually the system will connect with Skowhegan's downtown and Philbrick Trail.
SWT is proposing to develop a trail from Skowhegan to the Appalachian Trail. The trail could link with other trails such as the Hills to Sea Trail, Old Canada Road Byway trails and the trails developed by towns along the route. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in learning how you can support this effort.
Young's Wildlife Preserve in Concord Township
The Trustees of Somerset Woods Trustees are Excited to Announce a New Gift of Land in Concord Township
SWT is grateful to have received a gift of 204 acres in Concord Townshipfrom Norcross Wildlife Foundation of New York City and Massachusetts. The property was conveyed with the perpetual restriction that the land is to be maintained as a wildlife preserve.
Norcross had received the land from James R. and Diana C. Young in 2000. The Young family has owned the land for nearly, or more than, 100 years having been given to Jim's parents as a wedding present by his father's grandfather in 1916 or 17.
The land contains the headwaters for Martin's Stream which flows into the Kennebec River. There is an old beaver pond on the property and trails throughout. SWT will be managing the property to provide exemplary habitat for wildlife and trails for passive recreation. In the upcoming spring of 2018 SWT will be organizing a volunteer trail improvement day for anyone interested in trimming trails and enjoying the peaceful solitude that this property provides.