Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation area in Mount Vernon, Maine
The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) is pleased to announce that George and Linda Smith are donating their 125-acre woodlot on Route 41 in Mount Vernon to the Trust-to be named the Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area. In accepting this generous gift, Mary Denison, KLT President, said, "We are honored that George and Linda chose KLT as the recipient of land that will forever benefit Maine's people and wildlife. We are looking forward to a fall 2018 property and trail dedication when we will recognize their conservation vision, George’s father Ezra Smith, and the extended Smith family.”
The Ezra Smith Wildlife Habitat Conservation Area features wetlands that border beautiful Hopkins stream, an extensive fen, and a mixed hardwood-conifer upland forest. The property includes a diversity of wildlife habitats and a well-managed forest. A small parking area on Route 41 will provide easy public access for a future trail with interpretive signage about Maine’s wildlife and their habitats.
When KLT agrees to accept a property like George and Linda’s, we assume the responsibility for monitoring and managing the property in perpetuity. The cost of this financial responsibility varies with each property and we have a designated stewardship fund that helps support stewardship costs.
The income from our stewardship fund is dedicated to trail development and maintenance, local property tax payments (open space rate), and annual property monitoring. We hope you will be able and willing to make a contribution to help us take care of this beautiful piece of land forever. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your support.
Our goal is a $20,000 stewardship fund to support George and Linda's generous land donation.
Please send donations to support this campaign to:
The Kennebec Land Trust, PO Box 261, Winthrop, Maine, 04086.
Or donate online.
To learn more about George, check out his Bangor Daily News blog,