Bell Marsh Wetlands, York

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Project Sponsor: 
York Land Trust, Inc.
MNRCP Region: 
Southern Maine
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Project Type: 
Fee Acquisition with Restoration or Enhancement
Bell Marsh Photo
Project Description: 
This project conserves a 50-acre parcel adjacent to other conservation lands through fee acquisition with subsequent habitat enhancement. The project builds on extensive work by the York Land Trust to conserve land and safeguard the drinking water supply in the Mount Agamenticus region, and was their first attempt to restore wetland habitat for rare Blanding’s and Spotted turtles. The land trust hired Truslow Resource Consulting, LLC to develop a wetlands and turtle habitat enhancement and restoration plan for the property. They will own and manage the property to provide habitat for turtles and other wildlife, for scientific and educational research, public recreation, and as a ground water recharge area for the Kittery Water District. MNRCP funds were awarded in December 2010 for the majority of the project costs, with additional funds raised from private sources. The land trust purchased the property in December 2011 and completed the restoration and enhancement work in 2012 which included removal of a road crossing and restoration of the stream channel, removal of slash and debris in severl wetland areas and creation of turtle nesting areas.