The Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance (BRCA) acquired a 278-acre property around Kimball Pond in Vienna. The property includes Kimball Pond’s headwaters (including areas prone to erosion), a tributary stream, and wetlands area. Kimball Pond is home to a popular fishing spot for brook trout. The Kimball Pond area is also home to sustainably harvested forestland. The goal of purchasing this land through Land for Maine’s Future was to ensure high water quality, keep lands undeveloped to maintain their ecological functions, and to protect wildlife habitat. The area has been identified as a priority habitat area by Beginning with Habitat. BRCA manages the property alongside the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (MDACF) and eventually will become property of the State of Maine.
The Kennebec Highlands Kimball Pond property provides the first public access point on the west side of the pond and provides citizens with access to hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing along with carry-in boat access. The property is open to snowmobiles, linking to ITS 187.
Kennebec County/Highlands & Franklin County
Easiest access is on Kimball Pond Road, which is off of Route 2 near Route 134 in New Sharon.