High Peaks Alliance closes Perham Stream birding trail

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This photo shows the land newly acquired by the High Peaks Alliance. Photo by Taylor Walker

MADRID TWP – High Peaks Alliance recently closed on an 80-acre parcel called Perham Stream Birding Trail in Madrid Township. The plot, which includes half a mile of frontage on Perham Creek and spectacular views of Saddleback Mountain and Mount Abraham, is the first property held in conservation by the Alliance.

The Perham Stream Birding Trail is an increasingly popular nature trail that takes recreational enthusiasts through a variety of habitats with incredible views. The trail, which is listed on Maine Trail Finder, has seen a 60% increase in views from 2020 to 2021. The trail is also listed on Maine by Foot. High Peaks Alliance plans to install an accessible trail to allow anyone of any skill level to enjoy the property in the future.

In addition to recreational opportunities, this parcel includes a half mile of waterfront frontage where endangered Atlantic salmon eggs are stored by the State of Maine. Perham Creek is listed as critical habitat for salmon and native brook trout by the Maine Natural Areas Program, and endangered little brown bats have been located on this 80-acre parcel by the department. Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Lloyd Griscom, Chairman of the Board of the High Peaks Alliance and long-time recreator of the Perham Stream Birding Trail, said: “We at HPA are extremely grateful to Carson Hinkley for his desire to uphold the management tradition that his family stands for five generations with this land. There is no doubt that Mr Hinkley could have sold this plot at full price, but instead he prioritized his family’s heritage, the local environment and public access. We would also like to thank the funders who made our inaugural journey in land stewardship possible.

Funders of this project include: Maine Community Foundation’s Arboretum Fund, Davis Conservation Fund, Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Wildeast Action Fund, Kay Gibson, Wilderness Society, with special thanks to Pete McKinley and board members directors of HPA, Lloyd Griscom and Ginni Robie.

Brent West, Executive Director of the High Peaks Alliance, said: “Franklin County is an area with incredible wildlife resources and recreational potential, but most of the area is not currently served by a land trust. local. The High Peaks Alliance has worked to conserve land and preserve all forms of recreational access in the High Peaks region since 2007, and with this ownership the organization is evolving to meet unmet regional needs. We look forward to continuing to serve and grow in Franklin County. This property is just the beginning of what we can accomplish by bringing together the people who care about our future to meet the conservation needs of the region.

To learn more about the High Peaks Alliance or to get involved, visit highpeaksalliance.org or email Brent West at [email protected]

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