Nonesuch River Libby

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Project Sponsor: 
Scarborough Land Trust
MNRCP Region: 
Southern Maine
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Project Type: 
Fee Acquisition
Photo of Nonesuch River
Project Description: 
The Nonesuch River Libby project conserved approximately 16.5 acres of land including approximately 10.5 acres of freshwater forested and scrub-shrub wetlands. The site includes frontage along both sides of the Nonesuch River (approximately 1,290 feet on each side for a total of approximately 2,580 feet), which is the major freshwater tributary to the Scarborough Marsh, the largest contiguous saltmarsh system in Maine and a Focus Area of Statewide Ecological Significance. The property may also provide habitat for wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta, State Species of Special Concern and Species of Greatest Conservation Need), which were recently documented upstream. In addition, the property contains approximately 750 linear feet of a perennial tributary stream to the Nonesuch River. The property is projected to be tidally influenced in the future due to expected sea level rise and connectivity to the downstream tidal wetland systems. It is part of a network of conserved lands along the Nonesuch River and directly abuts conserved land owned by Scarborough Land Trust on its southwestern edge as well as downstream across Gorham Road.