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Bradbury-Pineland CorridorGuidelines for Use of LMF Properties
The State owns two major tracts of public land in eastern Cumberland County, both within 40 minutes of Maine’s two largest urban areas–Pineland (which totals 1,000 acres of fee and easement) and Bradbury Mountain State Park (600 acres). These two resources are located only 3 miles apart, and the trail corridor being created to link them will offer an unparalleled recreational opportunity–providing an accessible trail network (portions of which will be open to mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and snowmobiling). Bradbury Mountain is the only state park in Cumberland County to allow all these uses, and its day use has increased more than 350 percent over the past two decades.
The Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program has funded several projects along the 7-mile trail corridor, which will total 24 parcels and 1,094 acres when complete (protected through a combination of easements and outright acquisition). The LMF Program also helped to fund acquisition of several parcels in the 1990s that added 250 acres to Bradbury Mountain State Park. Other partners of the trail corridor include the Casco Bay Estuary Project Habitat Protection Fund and Pownal Land Trust.
The eastern end of the corridor begins on 485-foot Bradbury Mountain, which offers excellent views of the coast. Wabanakis once camped on this mountain, and the first European settlers in the early 1800s built terraces on the mountainside to cultivate grapes. Moving west, the corridor traverses Tryon Mountain, the site of an historic feldspar mine and one of the region’s largest deer-wintering areas. The corridor then follow portions of Chandler and Thoits Brooks, going past a beautiful waterfall.
The trail corridor will benefit wildlife as well as recreational users, providing an important greenbelt in an area that is experiencing sprawl and habitat fragmentation. Since the corridor is still being created, the areas that may be appropriate for hunting/trapping and motorized use have not yet been determined. These uses may be added in the future along designated portions.
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