Tom Surrey Road
The Kennebec Land Trust is excited to announce our newest project—purchasing and permanently conserving 330 acres in Fayette, including the top of 600-foot Surry Hill. This extensive property features over 250 acres of forestland, streams flowing into our local lakes and ponds, valuable wetlands, and phenomenal scenic views. This new community conservation property will provide many recreational opportunities, including hiking, snowmobiling, hunting, mountain biking, and nature observation.
This ambitious effort is also an inspiring and hopeful example of how land trusts and other conservation owners are making a big difference in the world. Undeveloped land sequesters carbon – a natural climate solution.
KLT plans to maintain approximately fifteen acres as open fields to preserve scenic views of the White Mountains and nearby hills, lakes, and woodlands. The Surry Hill fields also offer tasty blueberries for hikers and habitat for pollinators, ground-nesting birds, and resident and migratory raptors.
Join KLT this summer to walk the land and take in the views. Several events are planned to welcome the public to the property. Walks are planned for Thursday, July 11 at 9:30 AM and Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 PM. On Tuesday, August 6, at 5:30 PM we will host a Photography Walk on Surry Hill. KLT staff and local photographer, Phil Downes, will lead a hike for photography enthusiasts to capture the natural beauty of the land.
Meet at the bus turnaround at the south end of the Tom Surrey Road in Fayette. Free and open to the public. Please call KLT, 207-377-2848, for more information or for directions. Or visit our website, www.tklt.org. Note: At this time, there is no formal trail system.
Generous members and supporters, including one anonymous large donor and Camps Winnebago, Laurel, and Vega, have already pledged or donated $191,000 (as of June 27, 2019). In order to complete this conservation project by the end of October, KLT needs to raise an additional $100,000 through private donations and grants.
Photo: View of Mount Washington from Surry Hill in Fayette. Jane Davis.