Grover Family Lands: Donation in North Berwick

 The Grover Family, residents of Maine and of North Berwick in particular for over 300 years, completed the donation of three parcels of family property to Great Works Regional Land Trust in February. The parcels, all in North Berwick, total 71 acres. Two of the parcels have frontage on Bauneg Beg Pond and include woods, wetlands, and vernal pools. From the third there is a view of Bauneg Beg Mountain. 


The project started in 2005 when Ray Grover of Virginia contacted the Trust and asked if we would be interested in accepting family lands which had been passed down from generation to generation. Trust members Katie Goulet, Linda Trombley, and Jean Demetracopoulos walked the properties and quickly agreed that there was considerable conservation value present on each of them.

Ray then set out on the task of getting the heirs - all 13 of them, scattered around the country – in agreement and signed onto the deed. “I’m glad we could get it done!” said Ray.

It culminated in the office of Attorney Bruce Whitney in South Berwick last February 9th with the transfer of the deeds. The parcels were then placed under the Tree Growth Current Use Tax program, thanks to a forestry plan written by forester Dave Parker of North Berwick. Management plans are still in the formation stages but will likely include a combination of low intensity recreational access, water quality protection for Bauneg Beg Pond and Great Works River, protection of wetlands and vernal pools, and some timber harvesting.

 
  

Dedication of Grover Family Lands
Saturday, June 13, 2009 · 9:30-11:00 am
Bauneg Beg Grange Hall, Morrell’s Mill Road, N. Berwick

9:30 - Social period and refreshments
10:00 - Dedication
10:15 - “Role of Landowners in Protecting Water Quality”
with questions and discussion
11:00 - Join us for a walk on Grover Family Land