Land trust Vice President Pete McKinley and Executive Director Simon Rucker paid another stewardship visit to the proposed Redington Forest easement area late in October, along with the property owner’s forester. The purpose of the visit was to go over many of the forestry operations infrastructure on the land and get a tour of the property from the man who knows the land best. On each visit, land trust staff and board members have been pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the ecological features on this special A.T. landscape, and this visit was no exception.
There is a large wetland area with a small pond which neither McKinley or Rucker had seen before. It is classed as inland waterfowl and wading bird habitat by the State of Maine and is perhaps 25 acres in size. Along with the mountain features along the A.T., the valuable stream corridors and intact forest, there’s lots to be excited about at Redington.
Stay tuned for next month’s report, as there are plans to explore the potential ecological reserve area on the property adjacent to the Appalachian Trail corridor!