Land Trust Moves Forward to Complete Wildlife Management at Hooper Pond Conservation Area
October 9, 2012
In 2011, the Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) was awarded Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service/USDA to create early successional wildlife management habitat on 18 acres of its 195-acre Hooper Pond Conservation Area in Greene.
In December 2011, ALT worked with Integrated Forest Management to clear 12 of the 18 acres slated for treatment. In September 2012, ALT will conduct similar management activities on the remaining 6 acres to complete this project (see attached map). This early successional habitat is important to species such as American woodcock, ruffed grouse, certain songbirds, rabbits and other mammal species, which require this habitat type for their annual needs.
Hooper Pond was conserved by the Androscoggin Land Trust in 2004 through funding including the Land for Maine's Future Program, when the Maine Natural Areas Program identified the area to be of statewide ecological significance through their land trust awareness program. Hooper Pond is one of the few remaining ponds in the area with public access, but without homes and camps covering its shores. Its wetlands and watershed are home to wildlife, breeding birds, and unusual plants; its waters have provided fishing, canoeing, ice-skating and a quiet getaway for generations. The property is open to hunting and we work actively with the Greene Dragon Snowmobile Club to provide access to the pond through the conserved land.
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.