Salmon Falls River Projects

From the Summer 2015 newsletter:


"Acquisition on Salmon Falls River Creates 229-acre Conserved Block


With the May 18, 2015 closing on the Keay Brook parcel, nearly two miles of frontage on the Salmon Falls River in Berwick is protected. The 86 acres were purchased with funding from the Maine Natural Resources Conservation Program, creating a 229-acre block of conserved land, preserving habitat for wildlife and protecting water quality. The Salmon Falls River is the public water supply for more than 28,000 people.


Keay Brook flows through the property, which will be managed for wildlife habitat, water quality and recreation. Project manager Michael Wright, Great Works Board member from Berwick, says “We will be creating a parking area and establishing public access for hiking and other low impact recreation. The Berwick Trails Committee is interested in working with Great Works. If, at some time, we can build a footbridge over a breached dam on Keay Brook, we will be able to connect with the trail on the Tuckahoe Preserve.”


A disused road runs along the southern edge of property, which had been approved in 2006 for a 13-unit development. Walnut Grove Road ran from Hubbard Road, across the river into Rochester, N.H., and crossed Salmon Falls Road at the Walnut Grove Church. It then continued through and terminated near the Rochester Airport. "

 

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"Discovering a vision for Berwick's future revealed strong town pride in our beautiful open spaces.  We could not be more grateful that Great Works Regional Land Trust has for years been diligently working to conserve the land, including key pieces along the Salmon Falls River.  We look forward to supporting and partnering with Great Works to ensure our community will enjoy Berwick’s natural resources and rural character far into the future."

Jessica Sheldon, member, Berwick Downtown Visioning Committee

The Salmon Falls River, a source of drainage for both properties, is the largest river system contributing to the Great Bay estuary that borders both Maine and New Hampshire. The River was identified by the U.S. Forest Service in its report Private Lands, Public Benefits (2009) as being the most threatened in the nation with regard to the potential decline in water quality due to conversion of private forested lands to housing. The river is a source of drinking water for 28,000 people. Just downstream from the Tuckahoe project site, Berwick draws water directly from the river, while Somersworth, NH has both draws water directly and has wells adjacent to the river.

Great Works purchased in November 2014 the 29-acre parcel to the south of the original Tuckahoe Preserve, with frontage on Keay Brook. Funding was received from the Maine Natural Resources Conservation Program and the Town of Berwick, which voted for a $10,000 warrant item at the May 2014 town meeting.

The purchase of this 29-acre property will help Great Works provide public access to trails along the river, ideal for hiking, birding and family recreation.

South of the Tuckahoe Preserve properties is a current project, the Keay Brook project. This property has received the promise of full funding by the Maine Natural Resources Conservation Program. The property had been approved for 13 house lots, which were never developed and have been extinguished by the town.

Berwick voters approve $10,000 to help protect land in the Salmon Falls River Conservation Area

Above: Keay Brook.
Below: Winter excursions with GWRLT
at the Salmon Falls River Conservation Area

Thank you Great Works Regional Land Trust members and other voters! Together, we are working hard to conserve this scenic, wetland property of 29 acres located between Keay Brook and GWRLT’s 108-acre Salmon Falls River Conservation Area. Town Funding, just approved, is key to completing the project.

Warrant Article 24 at the Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Town Meeting (voting is 6 - 8 pm at Town Hall):  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $10,000 as a contribution to Great Works Regional Land Trust to help defray the costs…..related to Great Works Regional Land Trust’s intended purchase of a land owned by Tuckahoe Farms…

Help Berwick to achieve the goals of our comprehensive plan:

  • Preserve open space, wildlife habitat and the rural nature of our town
  • Protect clean water in the Salmon Falls River, the town’s water source

Look for continued updates on the project's completion! And, call (207) 646-3604 if you'd like to help.


The purchase of this 29-acre property will help us provide public access to trails along the river, ideal for hiking, birding and family recreation.

Great Works will provide a parking area and maintain trails that will be available for low impact recreation from sunrise to sun set. 

GWRLT opened its first public access trail, Grant’s Meadow in Beaver Dam Heath, last year.  Help make this our second trail in Berwick!

 

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