Recognizing the ecological and recreational value of Hooper Pond (also known as Little Sabattus Pond), the Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) launched its first-ever capital campaign to acquire the best intact parcels around this wholly undeveloped pond. ALT purchased the bulk of the preserve from Robert & Eva Philbrook and Pat Malmo & Richard Blaisdell in 2003 and 2004 with financial assistance from The Land for Maine’s Future fund. ALT was given 13.5 acres of wetland property by Barbara Bubier in 2003 and an additional 7.5 acres by Steve and Kathy Boucher in 2004. The property is managed as a natural area and wildlife habitat.
The State has identified Hooper Pond as having exemplary pond and stream shore vegetation, and high-value breeding habitat for many priority species of wading birds and waterfowl that are in decline within the Northeast — including the wood duck, black duck, and American bittern. The forested upland provides habitat for other priority bird species, such as the Louisiana waterthrush and the veery. With support from the Land for Maine’s Future program and other sources, ALT acquired 174 acres that complements its existing 13-acre preserve along the pond. Together, the two parcels complete protection of Hooper Pond’s eastern shore.
Central Maine Lakes District – Kennebec, Androscoggin
Directions from nearest town
DeLorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteer Map 12, D-1. Map 12, D-1. From the intersection of Route 202 and Allen Pond Road in Greene, follow Allen Pond Rd north approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Hooper Pond Rd. and follow to the Town of Greene non-motorized boat launch/parking area on the right.