At the end of 2010, Maine Farmland Trust and Androscoggin Land Trust completed a collaborative effort to conserve 625 acres of working farmland (River Rise Farm) and forest along the Androscoggin River on Gulf Island Pond through generous funding from Land for Maine’s Future and the USDA’s Farmland Ranch Protection Program. The land will remain privately owned, but it is permanently protected by conservation easements that allow for the property to remain as working land. As part of this project, the Androscoggin Land Trust has secured rights to develop a future hiking trail along the property’s ridge line, to provide significant views of the river and a day use and camping area that will be accessible from the river. Plans are underway for how such a camping experience might be developed and managed in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation.
Central Maine Lakes District – Kennebec, Androscoggin