Habitat Protection

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PRWF's approach to long term protection is based on fee acquisition of important properties supported by responsible long term stewardship.  A further layer of protection prohibiting future development is afforded to many of our properties by conservation easements held by Maine Coast Heritage Trust or by project management agreements with the State of Maine or the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

We evaluate prospective PRWF acquisitions based on the following criteria:
  • Quality and rarity of habitat
  • Importance of the habitat for species that are particularly at risk
  • Value to the local community
  • Level of risk associated with leaving the property unprotected
  • Cost in relation to conservation values
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We rely on advice from experienced wildlife biologists and community leaders to help identify properties that are most in need of protection.  Being locally based we are in an excellent position to assess the immediacy of development pressures, to intervene if necessary as interim conservation buyers, and to negotiate favorable terms with sellers.

To date PRWF has made excellent progress in protecting critical estuarine habitat on Pleasant Bay in Addison.  Looking longer term, the scope of an optimum conservation plan for the bay is likely to exceed PRWF’s capability to develop and manage it on our own.  Thus our hope is to partner with MDIFW and other conservation organizations to create and manage a new wildlife management area on the eastern shore of Pleasant Bay.

In most cases we feel that the best management for undeveloped lands is to leave them in nature’s care, intervening as little as possible in natural cycles.  However, biologists recognize that some species are particularly vulnerable because of the continuing loss of essential types of habitat. Such is the case with American Woodcock.  In late 2008, in cooperation with the Northern Forest Woodcock Initiative, we undertook our first habitat management project, on Crowley Island, refreshing early successional habitat to benefit nesting and migrating woodcock.  Ruffed grouse, songbirds and other wildlife also benefit from this project.

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