The Ellsworth American

Conservation groups purchase 13,500 acres near Eastbrook

Sep. 22, 2021

TOWNSHIP 16 — The Nature Conservancy in Maine has acquired the approximately 13,500-acre Spring River-Narraguagus Forest property in townships 16 and 9, near Eastbrook.

Conservation of this property will help maintain a forested connection between the Downeast coast and Maine’s north woods, protecting habitat for wide-ranging wildlife and allowing species to move in response to a changing climate, according to the nonprofit. The property includes 3.75 miles of shoreline on Narraguagus Lake, nearly completing conservation of the shoreline of the headwater lake for Spring River. The property also has 2 miles of frontage on the north side of Spring River, 7 miles of frontage on the West Branch of the Narraguagus River and 46 miles of interior tributary streams. This land is important as a buffer for high-value aquatic habitat that supports native brook trout fisheries and contributes to important Atlantic salmon habitat.