Fresh on the heels of completing the Belfast Rail Trail in partnership with the City of Belfast, Coastal Mountains Land Trust has accepted the generous donation of the new 25-acre Littlefield Preserve on Belfast’s Goose River. Carroll “Butch” and Evelyn Littlefield, of Belfast, gifted this waterfront property on Upper Mason Pond to the Land Trust because of their desire to see this land protected forever.
“As a teenager I enjoyed many hours of hunting, fishing and canoeing along the Goose River,” explained Butch. “When we had the opportunity in later years to own some of this property, we felt a need to protect it for future generations. Our hopes were to be able to preserve its natural state and donating it to Coastal Mountain Land Trust made this a reality. We are pleased to know that many people will be able to enjoy this area for years to come.”
The Littlefield Preserve is made of up two parcels: a 9-acre tract along the northern shore of the Pond and a 16-acre tract on the southern shore. The Preserve protects a highly scenic stretch of river visible from Route 141 and conserves forest and wetland habitats for wildlife. This section of the river is also popular for fishermen, ice skaters, and the many paddlers who make the trip to Upper Mason Pond from downtown Swanville. Given that the property is predominantly composed of riparian habitat and forested wetlands, the Land Trust has no plans to develop trails on the property and is encouraging visitors to explore the area by boat.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust is celebrating its 30th Anniversary year and has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of the western Penobscot Bay. With the assistance of generous members, volunteers, and donors such at the Littlefields, the Land Trust has protected over 10,000 acres to date including 40 miles of trails for public access. For more information, please visit the Land Trust website at www.coastalmountains.org or call (207) 236-7091.