Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region

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Ecology at Mount Agamenticus

Undeveloped coastal forestThe Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region is a priority for conservation in Southern Maine. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of many land owners, donors, land managers, and local citizens over the last 100 years, this region is the largest expanse of undeveloped coastal forest from Acadia National Park to the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The area contains the highest concentration of vernal pools in the state and one of the highest in New England. The density of these pocket wetlands and vernal pools make this region particularly important for amphibians and several rare turtle species including Blandings and spotted turtles which have the healthiest population levels in Maine.

In addition, Mount Agamenticus is located within a unique mixing zone of northern and southern plant species and hosts several natural communities of statewide significance. The undeveloped forest and abundant wetlands create an important region of biodiversity, providing a refuge for many of Maine’s rare plants and animals in an area experiencing heavy development pressures. Moreover, there are five watersheds that originate from the Mount Agamenticus area. Run-off from this mountain eventually ends up in tributaries, and reservoirs. Water from Mount Agamenticus services the drinking water supplies for the towns of York and Kittery.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 February 2013 19:00