GPMCT Applies for National Accreditation

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust (GPMCT), the land trust serving Bucksport, Orland, Dedham and Verona Island and owner of the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, is pleased to announce that it is applying for national accreditation. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and […]

AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREE PLANTINGS NOW UNDERWAY FOR 2013

August 6th 2013. Great Meadow in the Wildlands. Kids from KidsPeace in Ellsworth worked with Steward Brian Keegstra and Volunteer Dan Rhodes to plant the first six of twenty-four blight-resistant American Chestnut trees. Kids and staff dug designated holes, mixed compost with soil, and caringly (per instructions)  patted the seedlings into place –  careful not to damage […]

GREAT POND MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION TRUST ANNUAL MEETING 2013.

  August 4, 2013. Members of the Trust gathered at the new Trust Headquarters on the shores of the Penobscot River in Bucksport to share picnics, sample delicious desserts, and, yes, deal with official Trust business. Trust President Sarah LeVine opened the proceedings with glowing praise and thanks to current Board and Staff. Board members […]

NEW BRIDGES NOW READY IN WILDLANDS

June 21, 2013. Steward Brian Keegstra gathered his first crew of volunteers for dismantling the rotting wooden bridge over Hothole Stream – first of two bridges to be replaced this summer. Special thanks to Brian, Geo Atwood, Gene Behrenshauser, Dan Rhodes, and John Wedin for performing this difficult task. The following day,  fresh hemlock,  milled […]

To the Summit! Campaign

June 29, 2013. Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust uses the occasion of festive Orland River Day to announce the launch of the public phase of its campaign to purchase new lands, including the summit of Great Pond Mountain itself.

In the pictures here, Honorary Campaign Committee Chair, David Gross (son of the Trust’s founder), introduces Rep. Mike Michaud, who supports the mission of the Trust and lauds the efforts of all involved.

BHS KIDS ACTIVE IN WILDLANDS

On June 7, six kids from Bucksport High School spent the better part of their Friday morning clearing saplings and puckerbrush from ditches along Valley Road. Steward Brian Keegstra had laid out the project beforehand, and Stephen Krichels of BHS, assisted by Nathan Sprangers and Jen Bowden, coordinated the effort at the school. In the […]

Birdathon team bags 60+ species

Team Wingnuts (Cheri Domina, Sue Shaw, Sherrie Downing, Nancy Patterson and Maggie Williams) spent 17.5 hours afield in the Great Pond Mtn. Wildlands and Craig Brook Nat’l Fish Hatchery Tuesday, May 28 (with a short foray into Orland Village for dinner).  The Birdathon team counted 68 species, with 60+ seen in the Wildlands that day. […]

Letterboxing

Following an old European tradition, eight letterboxes have now been placed in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands.  To find letterboxes, follow directions provided on cards at the North and South Gate kiosks, or download by clicking Letterbox Clues. Inside the wooden letterbox, you’ll find a waterproof box with supplies for recording your visit. Follow the […]

WILDLANDS IS SUBJECT OF AWARD-WINNING STUDENT PROJECT

May 22, 2013. Bucksport High School Envirothon team, having outscored fifteen other teams in the Downeast Regional Competition the previous week, traveled to Bowdoin College in Brunswick to participate in the statewide Envirothon competition. This yearly competition, according to Science Teacher and Envirothon Coach Denise Smith, “challenges kids on their knowledge of Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatics, […]

SCOUTS IN THE WILDLANDS

Saturday April 27, 2013. Assistant Scoutmaster Paul Corcoran brings nine Scouts from Troop 10 out of  Bangor to camp for the weekend at the Baker Brook Camping Area.  On Saturday, the Scouts work with Paul and  Steward Brian Keegstra to build two new rustic benches at the camping area. (Pictures available soon.) Sunday April 28, […]