The Conservation Plan...

FOR THE KEZAR RIVER, KEZAR LAKE, AND COLD RIVER WATERSHEDS

A Planning Group formed in 2006 to identify the natural and cultural resources that were valued in the region and that, if lost, could not be replaced. The Planning Group included:

  • Greater Lovell Land Trust
  • Five Kezar Ponds Watershed Association
  • Horseshoe Pond Homeowners Association
  • The town of Lovell
  • The town of Stoneham
  • The town of Stow
  • US Forest Service
  • Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

The process was guided by ecological consultant Mark Ward with technical assistance from GIS (Geographic Information Society) cartography specialist Bill Duffy.

The Conservation Plan for the Kezar River, Kezar Lake and Cold River Watersheds was developed in 2008. It is a living document that continues to be reviewed, updated and improved.

The Conservation Plan recognizes that our precious watershed of 119,000 acres is poised on the edge of great changes.

The plan identifies actions that can be undertaken to conserve and preserve the environment and also mitigate against threats to precious resources. It also identifies the key players that can undertake those actions, which are now in various stages of implementation. For its part, the GLLT has prioritized regions identified as Focus Areas for Land Protection Efforts.

The GLLT partnered in 2008 with Maine Audubon through its Focus Species Forestry—Community Forestry Project to identify the habitat needs of focal wildlife species and habitats within the Conservation Plan area. The Focus Species and Conservation Forestry Practices report identifies opportunities to enhance, maintain or create habitat diversity on GLLT properties, to prioritize land conservation based upon habitat needs and also as a tool to the region’s forestland owners and managers.