Woodie Wheaton Land Trust

Organization Information

WebsiteClick to visit
Street2 Grove Road
Town/CityForest City, Maine 04413
CountiesAroostook and Washington
EmailClick to send
Phone 207-448-3250

Service Area

Northern Washington and southern Aroostook Counties, with focus on the Chiputneticook Lakes region. To include Forest City, Brookton, Orient, Weston, Danforth, Amity, Eaton, Topsfield

Key Facts

1994: We cost-shared a small lot on Mud Lake and guided its sale to the State of Maine as part of an earlier Land for Maine’s Future Board (LMFB) acquisition. This property is currently managed by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

1995: We actively promoted the conservation of a 500-foot-easement along more than 16 miles of Spednic shoreline conveyed by Baskahegan Company to the State of Maine through LMFB funding. Part of the transaction was the fee simple purchase of seven islands including Walker, Monument, and Woodie Wheaton Islands. One unnamed island has an active eagles nest.

1996-1998: We purchased 25-acre Birch Island and Little Birch Island on Spednic Lake, which were threatened by cottage development. We secured major grants from Wildlife Forever and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with additional help from the Chiputneticook Lakes International Conservancy and many individuals. Birch Island was later transferred to the State with strict deed covenants to protect public use for low intensity outdoor recreation. Little Birch Island remains forever wild under WWLT ownership.

1999: We urged the Province of New Brunswick to maintain the wild character of Crown lands along the entire St. Croix waterway. Upon purchase of Georgia-Pacific woodlands in N.B. in 2001, the Province created a 63,966-acre Protected Natural Area along the east side of Spednic Lake. The WWLT accepted, with forever wild provisions, the gift of Freda Island, lying in the outlet stream of East Grand Lake, as our second island holding.

2001: We completed the ambitious Spednic Lake/St. Croix River Project, protecting a 500-foot-corridor along 50 miles of pristine lake and river frontage in collaboration with the New England Forestry Foundation, the State of Maine, and the St. Croix International Waterway Commission. This $3 million project was conceived and nurtured by the WWLT and brought to fruition with the help of many individuals and organizations. The WWLT retains an easement along 15 miles of Spednic Lake’s western shoreline, now owned by the State of Maine.

2003-2005: We actively participated in the Downeast Forest Conservation Easement spearheaded by NEFF and the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) to extinguish development on 315,000 acres of working forest in Washington County. The easement protects 6500 feet of shoreline on East Grand Lake, commercial forest abutting conserved lake frontage, and 155 acres of land in Forest City.

2006: Our East Grand Lake Watershed Initiative (to conserve a 5,000 acre forest tract with 20+ miles of waterfront along East Grand Lake) included an extensive land use and market analysis of the subject property, contact with partner organizations, the commercial landowner and a community outreach program to develop and solicit public support for a future conservation effort. Several of our directors visited local cottage owners via canoe.

The land trust targeted additional properties and approached those land owners regarding our interest in working to develop a viable conservation option for their property. These properties include the Castle Road landing site on Spednic Lake, the Forest City landing site on Spednic Lake, lands along the Thoroughfare, the headwaters of East Grand Lake and other lake front lands in the Town of Orient along East Grand Lake.

We started to plan for the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Conservation Center and to build the land trust’s capacity for addressing future land conservation needs. (Completed in the summer of 2009, the WWLTC is a 2,000 sq. ft. building where we conduct the business of the land trust and offer environmental interpretation opportunities. The building is also available for use by other community and area organizations.)

We developed an official newsletter as a tool to inform members about our activities, offer organizational transp

Main Contact

NameAnna Rickard
TitleAdministrative Assistant
Address2 Grove Road, Forest City, ME 04413
EmailClick to send
Phone 207-448-3250