Land Trust Receives Funding for Hazard Tree and Soil Scarification Program at David Rancourt River P
October 9, 2012
The Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) has been awarded funding from the Natural
Resources Conservation Service/USDA to implement a hazard tree and soil
scarification program on its 14.3-acre David Rancourt River Preserve along the
Androscoggin River in Lewiston starting in early October 2012.
The David Rancourt River Preserve consists of undeveloped forestland along the
Androscoggin River, just below Deer Rips Dam and accessible from Tall Pines
Drive, including a steep scenic overlook and two beautiful sand beaches. It will
serve as a northern park for the long-awaited Lewiston Riverside Greenway Trail that
will stretch from Sunnyside Park to Tall Pines Drive.
One of the most iconic features on the property is the presence of tall Eastern White
Pine trees which line the river. Ecologically, the trees are a favorite perching tree of
bald eagles and aesthetically, are very scenic. Currently, the understory of the
Preserve contains a scarcity of white pine, therefore to ensure that white pine remains
a major component of the preserve in the future, ALT will use the NRCS funding to
remove approximately forty hazard trees from the property and then mechanically
disturb small portions of the soil to encourage white pine regeneration.
During the implementation of this program, ALT will need to temporarily close the
preserve to public use for approximately 3 days. Signage will be posted at the
trailhead off Tall Pine Drive prior to the beginning of the work.
The David Rancourt River Preserve was conserved by the Androscoggin Land Trust
through funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Water Access Program and is now
owned and stewarded by the Androscoggin Land Trust. In 2007, the property was
renamed after David Rancourt, an Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department Deputy, who
tragically lost his life nearby in the Androscoggin River in November of 2006 while
serving his community. David often came to this location along the Androscoggin
River to educate others about the river and water safety. Three granite benches and
an informational kiosk were placed on the Preserve to memorialize his life and
The Androscoggin Land Trust protects important natural areas, traditional
landscapes, and outdoor experiences within the Androscoggin River watershed by
promoting stewardship and supporting a network of public and privately held
conservation land. We currently conserve over 4,850 acres of land, including over ten
miles of riverfront along the Androscoggin River.
For more information contact: Michael Auger, Director of Land Protection &
Stewardship, Androscoggin Land Trust 207-782-2302.