Transborder project Orbeton Stream, photo TPL
TOWNSHIP, ME —January 12, 2015— Twenty miles of critical habitat for federally
endangered Atlantic salmon has been protected through a conservation easement
on a tract of land that is an important wildlife corridor between the US and
Canada. The parcel, located in Maine’s High Peaks region, was conserved with
grant support from the Open Space Institute’s Transborder Fund.
Orbeton Stream parcel is the latest, southernmost addition to an effort to
combine and consolidate a large regional expanse of preserved properties. With
the finalization of this $1.6 million easement, the property, which had been
under threat of potential subdivision and development, is preserved as the last
remaining working forest parcel in Madrid Township. Orbeton Stream will link up
with a regional conservation effort now standing at 77,000 preserved acres (120
square miles). The 11,798-acre Crocker
parcel, also conserved with support
from OSI in 2013, is contiguous with Orbeton Stream to the north.
in view of and adjacent to the Appalachian Trail Corridor, the property’s size
and connectivity can facilitate movement of boreal songbirds and wide-ranging
mammals such as moose and black bear. Orbeton is especially prized among
ecologists for its habitat supporting eastern brook trout and Atlantic salmon:
in 2007, because of restoration work by the Maine Department of Natural
Resources, salmon reared in the Orbeton watershed returned from the North
Atlantic Ocean for the first time in more than 150 years.
is delighted to work with the Trust for Public Land and its partners on the
protection of this latest piece in the High Peaks, which has been identified as
an important wildlife corridor in the region,” said Jennifer Melville, OSI’s
Vice President of Conservation Grants & Loans.
forests as forests benefits all of us by safeguarding recreation and access
important to Mainers,” said Wolfe Tone, Maine State Director for the Trust for
Transborder Fund offers grants and loans for projects that will enhance the
protection of the Northern Appalachian Acadian eco-region of the eastern United
States and southern Canada. The Orbeton Stream property lies between heavily
impacted areas in Southern Quebec and encroaching development from the south.
of early January 2015, the Transborder Fund has awarded 19 grants totaling $1.34
million to assist in the protection of 32,500 acres of exceptional wildlife
habitat in three states and three provinces.
the $1.6 million easement purchase price for Orbeton Stream, $1.28 million came
from the USDA’s Forest Legacy Program, funded by the Land and Water
Conservation Fund and administered by the Maine Department of Agriculture,
Conservation and Forestry. The Land for Maine’s Future Program supplied
$150,000, while OSI gave a grant of $100,000. Additional funds were provided by
Wildlife Conservation Society, Fields Pond Foundation, John Sage Foundation, and many generous private donors.
Orbeton Stream property will continue to be owned and managed for timber by
Linkletter Timberlands, a Forest Stewardship Council-certified local
family-owned company. The land will remain a vital corridor for recreation,
including snowmobiles and ATVs.