Hunting and Trapping
KLT believes in allowing hunting on the properties that it owns, including those it acquires through donation, whenever possible. Note that this policy does not apply to lands on which KLT holds a conservation easement, since these lands are owned by other private parties who continue to exercise control over public uses, including hunting, consistent with the terms of the easement. Accordingly, the following policy provides guidance to the public on the issue of hunting on KLT fee-owned lands only.
KLT recognizes that its fee-owned lands contribute to the overall quality of life for inhabitants of and visitors to our communities. KLT is strongly committed to keeping its lands accessible to the public for traditional recreational activities including hunting, where appropriate. Hunting can help to maintain a healthy balance between a game species and the land’s ability to support it; this in turn contributes to ecological diversity and helps native plant and animal communities thrive.
Therefore, KLT allows hunting on most of the lands that it owns. In accordance with Maine law, visitors to these properties may presume that hunting is permitted in the absence of boundary postings or other warnings that state otherwise. Hunters may not erect shelters, blinds, tree stands, game cameras, or other structures on KLT-owned lands.
A small number of properties are closed to hunting, either because KLT has determined that this activity may pose a risk to public safety or out of respect for the wishes of the donor of the land. These parcels are identified with signs or other warnings advising visitors that hunting is not permitted.
They Include: Avery-Smith Shoreland, Readfield; Carter Pond, Litchfield; Reynolds Forest, Sidney; Mathews Wildlife Habitat, Fayette; East Side of Vassalboro Wildlife Habitat, Vassalboro; Norris Island, Wayne
On a few properties we only allow bow hunting and duck hunting:
They include: Hodgdon Island, Horseshoe Island, and Perry Island
Bow hunting is permitted on Howard Hill by permission only.
Many KLT properties have hiking trails and are visited by individuals and families of all ages. KLT believes that the use of traps on many of its lands may conflict with other recreational activities.
Trapping is permitted on the Parker Pond Headland Preserve under the following condition: Anyone wishing to trap on this property must follow rules established by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. These trapping laws, with some exceptions, require prior written permission from the landowner (KLT) before setting traps.
Trapping on other KLT properties is generally not permitted. However, KLT may consider written requests to use traps on its properties on a case by case basis. Permission may be granted only in writing. This policy includes trapping conducted for research or to control animals that pose a nuisance or threaten endangered species.
Commercial Harvesting of Natural Resources
Commercial foraging of mushrooms, fiddleheads, ginseng, blueberries, wildflowers, fir tips or other natural resources are prohibited on properties owned by the Kennebec Land Trust.
Many of our properties can accommodate geocaching, however a number of our conservation lands protect rare plant communities, or sensitive wildlife, and caching would negatively impact these habitats. Please contact the KLT office if you are interested in placing a cache on one of our conservation lands.
Most properties protected by the Kennebec Land Trust are not suitable or open for use by motorized vehicles such as ATV’s, four-wheelers, dirt bikes, four wheel drive vehicles or other motor driven machines designed or intended to be used in off-road situations, except for tracked vehicles and snowmobiles operated on frozen, snow-covered ground winter conditions on designated snowmobile trails.
State law provides that “A person may not operate an ATV on the land of another without the permission of the landowner or lessee. Permission is presumed on ATV trails that are conspicuously posted or in areas open to ATV’s by landowner policy.”
When Maine’s beautiful winter days are here, it’s time to pick up your snowshoes or cross country skis and explore snow covered fields, forests, and trails on Kennebec Land Trust properties.
KLT Properties with winter access:
- Curtis Homestead Conservation Area, Leeds
- Davidson Nature Preserve, Vassalboro
- Echo Lake Watershed Preserve I and II, Readfield ( adjacent to Torsey Pond Nature Preserve)
- Jamies Pond, Hallowell and Manchester (MDIFW and KLT)
KLT Conservation Easements with plowed winter access (KLT holds the developments rights, but the property is under separate ownership):
- Mount Pisgah Community Conservation Area, Winthrop
- Torsey Pond Nature Preserve, Readfield
KLT Parker Pond Headland, Fayette Important Information:
During the winter snowy months (approximately December 15- March 15) there is no public motorized vehicle access to Kennebec Land Trust’s Parker Pond Headland property via the Fellows Cove Road. The public can continue to access the Parker Pond Headland trailhead by hiking in from the Sandy River Road, or across Parker Pond when it is frozen.
Most of our properties have adequate space for parking or accepted street parking. Please check individual property pages for specifics. Property List
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones4>
The Kennebec Land Trust prohibits the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, radio-controlled model airplanes and/ or any other equipment of this type on or above its property unless approved by KLT in writing in advance. This policy supports our commitment to the protection of wildlife and the safety and well-being of our visitors. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, any and all use of drones for purposes of aerial photography, videography and entertainment or recreational use. The Kennebec Land Trust may approve applications for the operation of unmanned aerial systems for purposes such as search and rescue, scientific research, mapping, authorized photo/film shoots, or Land Trust projects. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If approved, KLT will issue written permission for the use of unmanned aerial systems for the specific project and a limited time period.