Where We Work

Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation is based in Addison, a small community in coastal Washington County.  Here in the heart of Downeast Maine vast stretches of land are forested with conifers, hardwoods and woody shrubs and drained by countless wetlands, streams and free flowing rivers.  Long estuaries stretch into the Gulf of Maine, protected from storms by bold rocky headlands.  The mouths of the bays are studded with seabird nesting islands.

Within this region of natural beauty and contrasting habitats we've chosen to concentrate PRWF’s efforts in the coast's intertidal zones, shaded yellow on the map, and in nearby interior wetlands. The watersheds and estuaries of four ancestral Atlantic Salmon rivers and several smaller streams, shown as bright color zones on the map, attract vast congregations of waterbirds and other wildlife.

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The PRWF Focus Area, near our base in Addison, is shown in the blue oval on the map.  This is the area where PRWF acquires and manages its own properties.  We specifically seek to preserve exceptional estuarine habitats--salt marshes and tidal mudflats, including a generous upland buffer, and the nearby freshwater wetlands that flow into the estuaries.   Each of the properties that we own and manage lies in one of four PRWF Project Areas that are indicated by the orange ovals.

We also work on a more regional scale, participating in conservation collaborations that focus on large continuous habitat systems.  Most importantly, we are the lead organization in the Heads of the Estuaries Partnership (red outline), that protects intertidal wetlands northeastward from the Schoodic peninsula to Machias Bay.

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We are fortunate to work on a stretch of the Maine coast that is still relatively untouched and where we can help protect an abundance of wildlife:
  • Thousands of shorebirds staging on the tidal flats each autumn, feeding and fattening for their long southerly voyages
  • Migrating flocks of Green and Blue-winged teal gorging on the seeds of salt marsh grasses
  • Hardy wintering black ducks foraging on ice free flats and rockweed beds even in bitter cold weather
  • Woodcock performing their courtship flights over small clearings or probing for worms in alder coverts

Here on the Downeast coast people's lives are closely connected to the local waters and wetlands. When we protect wildlife habitat we also protect the important Maine tradition of free access to undeveloped lands and shorelines where people can pursue:
  • Clamming, marine worm digging and other traditional livelihoods
  • Kayaking, hiking, hunting, cross country skiing and other recreational activities

PO Box 154 • Addison • Maine • 04606 • [email protected]