On an island where nearly 50% of the year-round population earns a living from fisheries, the Vinalhaven Lobstermen’s Co-op is one of three important access properties in Carver’s Harbor. It serves about 60 boats, has 84 members, and supports 100 island families with income from the sale of lobsters and crabs.
Western Foothills Land Trust’s 1,236-acre Virgil Parris Forest, located in Buckfield, surrounds scenic South Pond. The preserve features a 2-mile trail ideal for snowshoeing in the winter, and running, walking, cycling and birding during the remainder of the year.
Located in coastal York County, the 2,250-acre Wells Reserve features more than seven miles of hiking trails that visit fields, forests, marshes and a sand beach. The diverse habitats provide excellent opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife observation.
The Forest Society of Maine’s West Branch project protects working forestlands while offering public access for a variety of outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and paddling. This conservation area also includes the North and South Branches of the Penobscot River, as well as Baker Lake and some of the St. John River’s headwater ponds.
Located in Harpswell, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s 122-acre Whaleboat Island Preserve features a rocky shoreline that invites exploration at low tide, a grassy meadow ideal for picnics, and three secluded campsites.
Located in Lubec, the Wharf on Johnson’s Bay offers fishermen a full-service buying station for lobsters, crabs, clams, urchins, periwinkles, and scallops. Thirty-eight lobster and scallop boats and nearly 120 skiff fishermen sell their products to the Wharf. Its location outside of the Lubec Narrows allows for a safe approach and berthing for the unloading of vessels.
The Whistle Stop Trail winds 14 miles through the scenic hills of Western Maine, connecting the towns of Jay and Farmington. This mostly gravel surfaced trail is open year round for multiple uses, and offers beautiful views of the region’s rolling farmland landscape.
Located in Unity, this 233-acre farm includes hayfields, cropland, a working woodlot, and a portion of the 47-mile Hills to Sea Trail. Conserved by the Sebasticook Region Land Trust, the farm is found along a six-mile section of the long-distance trail that offers scenic views of Unity and many opportunities to observe wildlife.
Woodward Cove, an 18-acre Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust property, is located in Brunswick on the upper shores of its namesake cove. The preserve provides access for clammers and wormers to one of the region’s most productive mudflats.
Located in Harrington, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Frank. E Woodworth Preserve includes 127 acres on Willard Point, at the end of Ripley Neck, 3-acre Hog Island, and two smaller islands. Visitors will find a 1.8-mile loop trail that leads through moss-carpeted woodlands, with many of the trees more than a century old.