The Ellsworth American

2,200 acres Downeast added to Forestry Foundation network

Dec. 23, 2020

ELLSWORTH — A Downeast forestland property totaling 2,200 acres in Washington County has been added to the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) network of forests. The Venture Brook Community Forest abuts the Dennys River corridor, and the streams and wetlands on the property provide clean water for native Atlantic salmon and brook trout.

“NEFF conserved parts of the Dennys River watershed in 2006 through the Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership, and we expanded on that work in 2018 with our acquisition of the riverside Reynolds Family Forest in partnership with Downeast Salmon Federation,” said Frank Lowenstein, NEFF’s chief operating officer. “We’re proud to continue this tradition of collaboration by working with The Conservation Fund to complete this third round of conservation in the watershed, which tops off a strong year for Downeast land protection.”

By Kate Cough