From the Royal River Conservation Trust’s website
With iconic historic sites and buildings, Lower Gloucester Village is one of the gems of the Royal River watershed. Working together, the Royal River Conservation Trust and Gray-New Gloucester Little League have secured an option to acquire a 180 acre parcel that includes significant wading bird habitat, wild trout streams, recreational trails, the historic Interurban rail line, softball fields, a toboggan hill, and land for hunting. Along with existing conserved habitat and farms in the Intervale and pending donations of conservation land, neighbors in this rural corner of Cumberland County are working to retain rich heritage, habitat, and human connections. Keep reading and see maps
On September 11th, a portion of our family farm on Intervale Road, New Gloucester was sold to Maine Farmland Trust to be forever farm fields. Our parents Lowell (“Brookie)” and Barbara Brookings bought the farm on Intervale Road in 1944. Dad had a herd of Holstein cows that he milked up until the summer of 1979 and sold the milk to Oakhurst Dairy. They also raised vegetables and Mom took them to the Portland Public Market until 1950. Many of the neighborhood boys and a few girls, worked in the summer helping to bring the hay in. After the milking herd was sold to an Amish farmer in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, Dad still had young stock for a while. Dad hayed the fields up into his late 80’s, and sold the hay to people with horses, sheep, cows etc. We 6 “kids” all helped with the haying, the gardens, the cows and whatever else needed to be done. Our brother Gary, the youngest and only boy, worked the farm with a Dad for many years. Some of the grandchildren also had the experience of helping on the farm, especially with the haying. One of our parents wishes was that it stay a farm forever if at all possible. By selling to Maine Farmland Trust, that is going to be possible on a good portion of the land. Some is going to be kept in the family which they had also wanted. The fields can now be enjoyed by the people that pass by Merribrook Farm forever.
Chandler Brothers, a family-owned land management company whose New Gloucester roots herald back to the mid-1700s, made a difficult but necessary gift of 2,500 acres to Maine Woodland Owners.
“We knew we had to do something so the land wouldn’t be developed. That’s why we’re giving it away,” said spokesman Steve Chandler, representing the four family owners, Charles P. Chandler, Bertha Chandler, Natalie Chandler and himself. Keep reading
On June 30, 2017, Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) purchased a conservation easement on a 427-acre farm on North Pownal Road in New Gloucester from Jeri Waterhouse. Jeri’s father, Forrest Waterhouse, was born in the historic farmhouse on the property in 1920 and passed away 96 years later in the same home. By selling an easement, Jeri fulfilled her parents’ desire for the property to always remain as a farm.
Read more: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/427-acres-of-farmland-protected-in-new-gloucester/.
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