Since acquiring the land on May 1, 2019, BTLT and MCHT have hit the ground running preparing this place for public use. The preserve will be under construction for the next several months as we create new opportunities for recreation while protecting the natural integrity of the land and the quality of the surrounding waters.
(Updated on 5/1/2019)
Right now, there’s limited parking at Woodward Point (up to six cars). Visitors should park in the area across the driveway from the barns. As soon as possible, we’ll be installing a permanent parking area for at least ten cars to the east of the barns.
We’re working on installing permanent informational signs and boundary signs. For now, temporary signs are up. Please take care and pay attention to signage. If anything appears amiss, or if you’d like more information, please contact BTLT or MCHT.
Better water access
To make it easier to access the water, we’ll be installing stairs at key sites along the shore. Please pay attention to signs as some water access points will not be safe until we have a chance to install stairs. We’ll also be working on creating a hand-carry boat launch in the months to come.
We have a plan in place to improve existing trails and build new trails to create the best visitor experience and protect important wildlife habitat. The current trail system is lovely, but in some cases leads to private property. Please pay attention to boundary signs and take care to stay on the preserve.
Protecting plants and animals
We will conduct a Natural Resource Inventory—a list of all the plants and animals we find. That helps us do a better job of managing the land in a way that protects its flora and fauna, such as creating signs to educate visitors, or routing trails to avoid important wildlife habitat.
Getting rid of those troublesome invasives
Invasive plants—that is, plants that haven’t historically been found in Maine—can do great harm to the natural integrity of a place, and the native plants and animals who live there. We’ll be mapping invasive plants at Woodward Point and making a plan to manage invasives so that they do as little damage as possible.
Thank you for your patience while we work hard to make Woodward Point Preserve the best it can be. We encourage you to check in from time to time to learn more about how our stewardship efforts are progressing!