The public has a long history of access to the area and many have related how they spent many enjoyable hours hiking, fishing, exploring, picking berries, etc. at the pond. On occasion a canoe or kayak can be seen on the pond.
This reserve is the third piece of property on the Mousam River this land trust holds in the Jagger Mill District. There are two parts to this reserve: An eight-acre rectangular lot that borders the river and a one-third mile long by 43 feet wide portion of the rail bed for the former Sanford & Cape Porpoise Railway which later became the Atlantic Shore Line Railway.
Boivin Way is a continuation of the Sanford Rail Trail, the whole of which is a very long linear park from Main Street in Springvale. Forested and open wetlands along the right of way provide excellent wildlife habitat and opportunities for wildlife watching.
This acquisition reunites what was once part of the original Tombegawoc or Deering Pond as well as the Lydston Grant.
This land together with Hanson Farm is “Farmland Forever.” Some of the most productive agricultural soil in the area is found here. As the only protected farmland on the ridge it will provide a sense of Sanford’s rural beginnings long into the future.
This area has been heavily disturbed over almost three centuries by wood harvesting and fires. The most recent harvest, mostly pine, was in the late 1990’s before the land was sold to PATCO. And the last fire through here was in 1957. This property is home to two very rare, natural communities that are dependent upon fire for their renewal and persistence.
This wetland and adjacent riparian area provides habitats for a wide range of plants and animals. The shrubby nature of parts of this reserve may possibly serve as habitat for the New England cottontail rabbit, a vanishing species. Easy access to this site means it will support outdoor classroom activities for the schools and public.
The entire northerly boundary of the reserve runs along the thread of the Mousam River for one and a quarter miles. There are several plant communities over this stretch and, therefore, several habitats for wildlife.
The Libby Cedar Reserve is our largest and most complex holding. It consists of 5 lots mostly separated from one another, two of which are in Alfred along Hay Brook. Another is by itself along Route 4 separated from the large cedar swamp by about 300 feet.