The purchase of 15 acres connecting Balancing Rock and Orris Falls parcels and re-establishing public access across this traditional path. The purchase includes the remaining portion of Spring Hill cliffs and a portion of the wetlands surrounding the beaver ponds.
from Winter/Spring 2008 newsletter:
Three parcels (125 total acres) in the Tatnic region of Wells and South Berwick have been added to lands that will remain as forest, wetlands, vernal pools, rock outcrops, and flowing streams and will forever provide for views, hiking, hunting, firewood, timber, home for wildlife, and clean water. Each parcel has a different story reminding us that it is not the land but what occurs on the land – past, present, and future – that is really being protected.
In October, Great Works Regional Land Trust purchased a 15-acre parcel that will connect two existing protected properties: Orris Falls and Balancing Rock. Known as Tatnic Ledges, this acquisition restores public use to some of the traditional hiking trails on the existing protected properties, and provides access to a road that dates back to the Colonial Period, which local author Sarah Orne Jewett features in her 1889 essay The White Rose Road. The woods road, now mostly a forested path, climbs up the ridge and along the rock ledges before dipping down to Orris Falls and the foundation remains of a Joy family homestead, barn, and cemetery.
Tatnic Ledges includes a portion of the expansive wetlands maintained by beavers and the last unprotected portions of the Spring Hill Cliffs with views to south of Mt. Agamenticus and over to Powderhouse Hill. The property had been posted against public access for many years before being purchased by Richard Segal and then sold to the Trust. “I sold the land to the Trust because it was important to me that people always have the right to go on it,” said Segal.