On April 2, 2014, Carol and Gary Goodwin donated this 18 acre parcel, after 30 years of ownership, to ensure family-time memories of the land could be memorialized, and to allow others to experience the same joys. Searching for mayflowers and various berries with Carol’s father, Raymond Fawcett, were special days, as was cutting firewood, hiking, and exploring the land. “So Dad, this is for you,” Carol said.
The Fawcett-Goodwin Reserve abuts the Browning Family Reserve, and together support species that are not very common in the area. The Reserve contains four very different habitats — a hardwood forest, a hemlock forest and a cleared area of grass and shrubs under the power lines, and several wetland types — that provide a habitat for small mammals; A future restoration program featuring the endangered Eastern cottontail rabbit is a possibility. The Reserve is be available to everyone for hikes, nature and wildlife study, and bird watching. Trail building is ongoing, and self-guided nature walks will be enhanced by the placement of educational placards describing the various botanical, geological, and forest items. Home and public schoolers will find this an exciting classroom for environmental study and projects.
Trail access and parking is available at the trailhead at Central Maine Power Company’s power line corridor on High Street, ½ mile west from the High Street/Route 4 intersection.