Woodward Point Project

The Woodward Point Project

Thanks to the generosity of many, Woodward Point is now conserved!

This spectacular property covers most of Woodward Point in the upper reaches of Casco Bay and is one of the few remaining undeveloped waterfront parcels of this size in Southern Maine. The property covers more than 80 acres, has over two miles of shoreline along two peninsulas on the New Meadows River in Brunswick, and features extensive open rolling meadows, pine and hardwood forests, a freshwater pond, and several water access points.

The diverse landscape offers excellent potential for outdoor recreation for all ages and interests, ranging from dog walking and cross country skiing to birdwatching and ice skating. Kayakers often stop to rest along the ledge on the southeast peninsula.Conservation of the property will also protect its significant ecological value as shorebird feeding and roosting habitat, as well as the highly productive adjacent clam flats.

Over the past several years, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust have been working together to raise $3.5 million to protect and open to the public 87 acres at Woodward Point in Brunswick. This spring we reached that goal, and the property is now conserved. 

We would like to thank the more than 150 individual donors who stepped up to contribute to this project, including special thanks to former Woodward Point landowners, Jaki Ellis and Andy Cooke, for their generosity and vision. Additionally, the following organizations, foundations, and public funding sources contributed significantly to the conservation of this spectacular property:

  • Casco Bay Estuary Partnership
  • Davis Conservation Foundation
  • Fields Pond Foundation
  • John Sage Foundation
  • Libra Foundation
  • Morton-Kelly Charitable Foundation
  • Partridge Foundation
  • R. K. Mellon Family Foundation
  • State of Maine’s Land for Maine’s Future Program
  • The Alfred M. Senter Fund
  • Town of Brunswick
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

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)

Parking

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.

Signs

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.

Improved trails

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!

Contact info

Questions? Concerns? Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
56 Main Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 729-7694 | www.btlt.org

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086
(207) 729-7366 | www.mcht.org

Margaret Gerber
BTLT Stewardship Associate
margaret@btlt.org
(207) 729-7694

Caitlin Gerber
MCHT Southern Maine Regional Steward
cgerber@mcht.org
(207) 729-7366

Peg Adams
Assistant to Director of Stewardship
padams@mcht.org
(207) 607-4374