Balancing Rock, South Berwick (08/2006) Fee

69. Balancing Rock, South Berwick  (08/2006)  Fee
25 acres in the Orris Falls Conservation Area, with a right-of-way from Emery’s Bridge Road, including Balancing Rock and a portion of Spring Hill Cliffs (Tatnic Ledges) – both of which are in South Berwick Resource Protection. This was a Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea project.

from newsletter Fall 2006:

Town Helps Secure Land for Conservation 

Another 24 acres has been added to the Orris Falls Conservation Area in the Tatnic region of South Berwick, permanently protecting water quality, wildlife, views, and increasing opportunities for hiking. The Trust, working through the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Coalition with special help from Keith Fletcher of the Nature Conservancy, completed the purchase in late August.

This project had been in the works for several years with a purchase and sale agreement reached in the fall of 2005. It expands the Orris Falls Conservation Area to 164 acres. The funds needed to complete the purchase were raised through the Land for Maine’s Future Program, local donations, and $35,000 from the Town of South Berwick.

The Town’s contribution was the result of the Town Council drafting a warrant article to support permanent and public access to this significant parcel in particular. The warrant article was overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 124-14 at a special town meeting in July. South Berwick now joins Wells, Eliot, Ogunquit, and North Berwick in recognizing the importance of conservation in our communities with appropriations of funds for Trust projects.

“The Town’s contribution at this time is both significant and generous as it shows there is strong support within the community at many levels.” said project coordinator
Tin Smith. This parcel is the third of 10 properties the Trust has committed to conserving in the Tatnic region.

The parcel includes a right of way from Emery’s Bridge Road along with a portion of the Spring Hill Cliffs and Balancing Rock, both of which are designated Resource Protection by the town. The Trust expects to open this parcel to the public in the spring of 2007 following trail improvements.

GWRLT note 4/7/08: GWRLT does indeed have full ownership of the Balancing Rock parcel though the town funds have yet to be released, pending settlement of a property line.