20 Years Working Together in the York Pond Area

  Many folks appreciate the riches of the York Pond area: the traces of the historic Punkintown settlement, the old quarries, the hunting grounds, the abundant waterfowl and bird life on Rookery Pond. They enjoy hiking the old coach and tote roads, canoeing, ice fishing and ice skating on York Pond, picking blueberries, hunting deer and wild turkeys. How about a vigorous snowshoe or cross country ski trip along Old Punkintown Road to the outlet of York Pond, or sitting on the point past the old cemetery, contemplating the beauty of Rookery Pond/Upper Bartlett Mill Pond while keeping a lookout for herons or perhaps a pair of otters? (Nesting birds are very sensitive, be careful not to disturb!)

The permanent conservation of these lands means that we and our children and their children’s children will enjoy these same opportunities. It also means that critical wildlife habitat and valuable watershed is protected. There is more that can be done. Great Works Regional Land Trust looks forward to continuing our cooperative work in the York Pond area and the upper watershed of the York River.

The primary goal for the conservation of the York Pond area is the protection of wildlife habitat, followed by water quality then passive recreation.This effort has been supported by diverse entities, from Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries &Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy to the Wild Turkey Federation of America and South Berwick Rod & Gun Association.

March 2009 news: Since publication of this article, GWRLT has an opportunity to purchase an additional 140 acres.

Look under Our Work: Current Projects: York Pond Campaign 2009.


Access to York Pond, Punkintown and Bartlett Mill Pond:
By water: York Pond is a “quiet water” pond, restricted to electric motors or paddles only. Put in is through the York Shores subdivision, off the cul de sac on York Pond Road. The pedestrian right-of-way is through private property. You may park on York Pond Road.
On foot: Park at the corner of the GWRLT property or in the MHS lot and walk up Punkintown Road, which then takes off to the right as a woods trail. Punkintown Road from Brixham Road is a private road.