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.
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.
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.