HOLDEN, Maine — By far the largest land conservation project to take place in the Bangor area will be the focus of a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Fields Pond Audubon Center.
“Secret Treasures of the Caribou Bog — Penjajawoc Corridor,” will be presented by Ron Davis and Ron Logan, photographers and naturalists in the Bangor area.
They will show photos of many of the wildlife species that live in the varied habitats of the Caribou Bog-Penjajawoc corridor, including the birds, mammals and amphibians of its wetlands, lakes, streams and forests.
The Caribou Bog-Penjajawoc corridor project covers a strip of land from Bangor northward along the eastern side of Pushaw Lake to the town of Hudson. The strip provides a wildlife corridor connecting urban and suburban concentrations of the south with the more extensive wildlands of the north. Although the title of the project emphasizes wetlands, the corridor also contains substantial areas of upland forest, lake and stream.
The spread of suburbia and other development has been slowed temporarily by the economic recession, organizers said, but its rapid pace is likely to resume, threatening to destroy the features that make Maine a very special place to live.
The corridor project is designed to maintain wildlands and their current uses in perpetuity, assuring that future generations of Bangor and central Maine will continue to have access.
The project, guided by a group of conservationists in the Bangor area, has made substantial progress. Through outright purchase of land and by acquisition of conservation easements, many hundreds of acres of the corridor in several land parcels already have been protected, and more parcels are now under negotiation. Responsibility for management of these lands is transferred to local, state, private and government conservation agencies, with provisos to maintain land conservation values in perpetuity.
Project progress will be described at Fields Pond, but the main thrust of the presentation is to characterize the natural resources of the corridor.
For information go to www.maineaudubon.org/explore/centers/fpond.shtml.