Sparing Maine Coastal Islands From Development

Posted Wednesday May 31, 2017 by wf_admin

Two islands in the middle of Maine’s Spednic Lake have a new lease on life, thanks to quick action by Wildlife Forever. Birch Island and Little Birch Island fell under the shadows of “for sale” signs and developers were already planning to build resort homes on these important island landmarks. The islands are a widely recognized national fishing treasure and have been used for generations by anglers. The islands are also home for many ospreys and bald eagles. Birch Island and Little Birch Island are near the U.S. border with New Brunswick. The Woodie Wheaton Land Trust purchased the islands with the help of Wildlife Forever and have since transferred the islands to the state of Maine. The deeds have restrictive covenants ensuring that the islands are preserved in their natural state and managed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.