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    Vernal Pool Exploration

    As soon as spring arrives, we’ll take a walk to a local vernal pool to look for signs of springtime activity by wood frogs, spring peepers, and perhaps even spotted salamanders. Date & time in April TBA when spring arrives! For more info, call Cheri at 469-6929 or 2008, check this site or Facebook or e-mail info@greatpondtrust.org.

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    Woodcock Walk

    Visit the Wildlands on a spring evening to hear and see American woodcock do their spring mating display. Night creatures will be venturing out, peepers and wood frogs will be singing, and we might even hear an early whippoorwill or nighthawk calling. All ages welcome; no dogs, please. Meet at South Gate on Rte. 1 […]

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    Please give to our Annual Appeal!

    Give to our annual fund! Please join us in conserving special places in northwestern Hancock County. For maximum impact, consider automatic monthly giving – be a Conservation Leader. You can download a 2014/15 Membership Form, give online via PayPal, or go to our Ways of Giving Page to learn more!

The Wildlands

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust purchased the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in 2005, and added another 200 acres in 2012/13. GPMCT manages the Wildlands for wildlife habitat, recreation, education and sustainable forestry. The property is open to the public year-round for a variety of uses.

Visit the About the Wildlands page to get an overview on the Wildlands property and its purchase, and allowable uses.

Visit the Wildlands Maps and Guidelines page to download a Wildlands map or a hiking guide, or to link to the Bucksport Family Snowmobile Club map.

Have a question about how the Wildlands is managed or what’s there? At the Wildlands Policies and Plans page, you can download our Hunting Policy or look at our Natural Resource Inventory or Wildlands Management Plan.

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Maps

Wildlands maps are available online on the Wildlands Maps & Guidelines page or at the Wildlands gates, when we can stock them. NEW this summer, get your 18×20″ full color Wildlands Trail Guide, with a big map, trail descriptions and fun family adventures. To get your copy, send $3 and an SASE to GPMCT, PO Box […]

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Letterboxing

Following an old European tradition, eight letterboxes have now been placed in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands.  To find letterboxes, follow directions provided on cards at the North and South Gate kiosks, or download by clicking LB Clues-FullPage. Inside the wooden letterbox, you’ll find a waterproof box with supplies for recording your visit. Follow the […]

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Camping

The Wildlands is open for camping year-round at two designated campsites. Baker Brook is only about a mile’s hike from North Gate, and is suitable for small or large groups with a lean-to and 3-4 tent sites, plus a pit toilet and fire ring. Mitchville is about 1.5 miles from South Gate, and is ideal […]

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Hiking

Discover Wildlands Hiking – 15 miles of gravel trails open year-round to hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and snowmobilers. To get away from it all, take a quiet footpath to the top of Flag Hill, the shore of Dead River, or the summit of kid-friendly Bump Hill. Dogs allowed ON LEASH. Visit our Maps and Guidelines page […]

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Find it

Driving Directions to the Wildlands: To South Gate, Rte. 1, East Orland: From downtown Bucksport, follow Rte. 1 north 8 miles to Wildlands South Gate (just south of Rte. 176 intersection). From Blue Hill peninsula, follow Rte. 15 north to Rte. 1, turn right, follow Rte. 1 north for 3.9 miles. From downtown Ellsworth, follow […]

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