Help us purchase and conserve this magnificent 252-acre forested property in order to expand existing conserved land and create a managed recreational forest for all to enjoy! 

A contribution of any amount will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous foundation from now until December 31st, 2018!

About

Loon Echo is working in a collaborative effort with the Bridgton Historical Society (BHS) to acquire this 252-acre forested property. The

LELT’s 31st Annual Meeting takes a walk through history at the proposed Peabody-Fitch Woods. Photo by Brien Richards.

“Peabody-Fitch Woods” surrounds the Bridgton Historical Society’s historic “Narramissic Farm.”  The property is the original working lands portion of the historic farm, and has existing trails for walking, club-maintained ATV use and in winter – human powered sports and snowmobile use. Eventually the property will be transformed into a public recreational area for hunting, walking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, nature observation and ATV and snowmobiling in designated areas. The forest trails access magnificent views of the White Mountains to the northwest and Maine’s western foothills to the north. Existing trails lead to a small quarry that was the source of the granite for the foundations of the farm buildings. The BHS currently conducts educational events at the farmstead and in the surrounding woods. Expansion of these efforts will include events conducted in partnership with Loon Echo Land Trust.

The 252 acres of the proposed Peabody-Fitch Woods are contiguous with the Perley Mills Community Forest to the west, and is in close

Historic 18th century granite quarry.

proximity to five other conserved lands. The acquisition of this property will support Loon Echo’s goal of creating a more connected landscape. Connectivity is a concept that recognizes that habitats and species function best as part of a large, interconnected network. The more connected the landscape, the more species are able to adjust to changes in the environment. Through source filtration, this property will safeguard important water resources for the benefit of the public not only for local well water, but for 1/6 of the population of Maine who get their water from Sebago Lake and the Saco River basin. The forestland will be managed for sustainable forestry to support the perpetual stewardship of the property.

Click HERE  for an informational brochure about the project.  

The proposed Peabody-Fitch Woods is in close proximity to other conserved lands including Perley Mills Community Forest, Five Fields Farm, Bald Pate Preserve, two Town of Bridgton woodlots, Sebago Headwaters Preserve, and Holt Pond Preserve.

History

The Peabody-Fitch Farm was established before the Civil War. In 1938, Mrs. Margaret M. Monroe from Providence, RI purchased the property to use as a summer home. After her death in 1986, the farmstead was left to the Bridgton Historical Society. Her descendants, the Normann family, retained ownership of the 252 forested acres surrounding the farmstead. Read more about the historic farm on BHS’s website: http://bridgtonhistory.org/Narramissic.

Read Loon Echo Member Leigh Hayes’ account of her walk to the bear trap and back here: https://wondermyway.com/2016/03/10/to-bear-trap-and-back/

Ways to Give

Mail a check to: Loon Echo Land Trust, 8 Depot Street, Suite #4, Bridgton, ME 04009     Memo: PFW

PFW Pledge Donation Form

Call 207-647-4352

Visit our campaign donation site HERE.

Information Sessions

1st Session

What: Presentation and Q&A Session with LELT Staff
When: Thursday, December 6, 6:30pm
Where: Loon Echo Office, 8 Depot Street, Suite 4, Bridgton, ME
2nd Session

What: Snowshoe Walk around the Historic Peabody-Fitch Farm. Moderate to Strenuous.
When: Saturday, December 8, 9am – 11am (Weather Date: Saturday, December 15)
Where: Meet at Narramissic Farm. Dress appropriately for weather. Bring your own snowshoes. If needed, snowshoes are available free of charge thanks to Five Fields Farm. Please email membership@lelt.org to request snowshoes.

 

Our Partners: Bridgton Historical Society, Portland Water District, Sebago Clean Waters, Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Davis Conservation Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust and an anonymous family foundation.