John A. Segur WildLife Refuge
The property is a 598-acre refuge along the western and eastern shorefront of Sucker and Bradley Brooks. The southernmost portion of the refuge begins at the North West Cove of the Lower Bay. There is a high diversity of upland and lowland forest types and over 64 acres of wetlands of high importance to wading birds, waterfowl, mammals, amphibians, and wetland-dependent flora.
A 1.2 mile trail leads visitors to a peaceful wildlife viewing spot along the banks of Sucker Brook and provides opportunities to explore brookside viewing places along route. Late spring and early summer is a peak season for bird vocalization and this can be an exciting time to visit this destination point.
The refuge was acquired through 4 separate transactions.The first in 2007, with support from the Land For Maine Future’s Program, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the generosity of over 200 donors. In 2008 the GLLT became the primary beneficiary of a bequest by the late John A. Segur to advance the preservation of native wildlife populations through the protection of the habitats upon which they depend. The John A. Segur Trust provided crucial support to the additional acquisitions and in 2012 the property was designated as the John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge. The GLLT received additional financial support for the 2010 and 2011 acquisitions from an anonymous donor, the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
The property was acquired through a series of transactions. In 2006 and 2010, the GLLT purchased a total of 246 acres on the east side of Sucker Brook and accepted a 3 acre donation. A boundary line agreement with abutters (Bengt and Ulla Bjarngard) added 17 more acres. In December 2011 the GLLT purchased 329 acres along the west side of Sucker Brook . In 2012 the properties were combined to create the 592 acre John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge, named for John A. Segur whose bequest to preserve habitat for native wildlife to thrive made these transactions possible. Additional funding was provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Land For Maine’s Future Program, Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program, dozens of individual donors and a generous anonymous donor.
The western 329 acres of the refuge includes 67 acres of wetlands and 262 acres of upland forest. A total of 84 acres are rank as “significant habitat for wading birds and waterfowl” by the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. These habitats are known to support 12 species of concern as listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The property has over 3,500 feet of frontage along Sucker Brook, over 3,320 feet of Bradley Brook frontage and additional frontage on numerous unnamed feeder streams.
The eastern 249 acres includes similar habitat benefits with over 4,500 feet of Sucker Brook frontage and over 2,000 feet of Farrington Pond front-age. This includes habitat for the state endangered eastern box & musk turtles.
Historically, the property was cleared for pasture in the early and mid 1800s. The land has been used in re-cent decades to grow and harvest forest products.
The refuge is open to public use for these activities:
Fishing and hunting in season
Hiking and picnicking
Trapping per State funding Agreement
Nature observation and appreciation
Hiking trails are limited at this time due to requirements of the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program protection. Visitors may explore at their leisure off trail.
These activities are not allowed:
Cutting/removal of vegetation
Camping (except for no-trace camping by prior permit only).
Please use the land responsibly, leaving it just as you found it so that others may enjoy it as well.
Greater Lovell Land Trust
P.O. Box 225
Lovell, ME 04051
We are a private, non-profit organization of local volunteers and fellow conservationists from across the U.S. and beyond, protecting our region’s lands and waters in the interest of the public. We welcome new members and contributions such as help with land purchases, property easements, gifts, or volunteers for cur-rent projects. Please join us.
Species observed to date
Please forward any new observations to Dennis Smith, GLLT Database Administrator.