On July 13, 2013, the Richard E. Payeur Conservation Area (Berwick Road, Ogunquit) was officially dedicated: 35 acres named in honor of the donor of the land. A lovely loop trail of approximately 1 mile winds alongside wetland meadows and vernal pools, through forest. The double stone wall along part of the path sends one's imagination back to the time when this was pastureland. The trail is accessed from the Ogunquit Dog Park, next to the Transfer Station off Berwick Road. There is parking for two cars.
Steve Einstein photo.
From the Fall 2012 issue of Great Works:
Richard Payeur wants to leave something for Ogunquit’s future generations while at the same time protecting the Ogunquit River Watershed – and indeed he has. He has gifted 55 acres of land in Ogunquit to Great Works Regional Land Trust. The gift is in the style of two memorable acquaintances whom Richard respected: Roby Littlefield and his nephew Joe Littlefield, who donated Beach Plum Farm.
Over half the land abuts a portion of town-owned land, which was overwhelmingly voted at the last town election to be designated as Conservation Land and Wildlife Commons. This 35-acre parcel, off the Berwick Road, is marked by stone walls surrounding the historic “Joe Maxwell Field,” including an outstanding double stone-walled cattle path. The land contains vernal pools and a wonderful open wetland meadow in the Leavitt Stream headwaters.
The remainder is 20 forested acres just west of the Maine Turnpike and within Great Works’ Mt. Agamenticus Focus Area. This parcel contains the headwaters of Quarry Stream. Both Leavitt and Quarry streams are tributaries to the Ogunquit River.
Plans for the future include a possible wildlife-viewing platform in the wetland meadow and a walking path, beginning at the existing Dog Park, frequented by many. And, it is important to note that conservation of this land advances Great Works’ (and the Conservation Commission’s) efforts to protect water quality in the Ogunquit River watershed. “We are exceptionally grateful for this superb gift, which is a fortunate addition to conserved lands in Ogunquit,” stated Board member Doug Mayer. “It is donations such as this that have a lasting impact.”