The Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) was pleased to host members of the Waite and Talmadge communities to an initial planning session regarding the Yacolucci Woods. Education and Communications Manager Tanya Rucosky introduced DLLT with a presentation highlighting the Trust’s goals and philosophy, which emphasize conserving both the local forest economy as well as the environment. “We understand we are a large land owner, and we want to do our utmost to be a good neighbor.” said Rucosky. “Though we are a charity, we pay property taxes. We also maintain our roads and invite people to come and use the properties we have conserved for hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and all the other outdoor activities Mainer’s enjoy. Yacolucci Woods will be managed similarly.”
The question posed to the members of the community was, “How should Yacolucci Woods be managed in terms of silviculture, vehicular access, parking, signs and trail development?” Attendees drove to the 100 acre Yacolucci Woods, which was given to the DLLT by Bob Yacolucci in early 2014, to see the property first hand. “I’ve hunted through here,” said Talmadge resident Steve Follette, “Any changes to the management plan we make, it’s important we respect the wishes of Mr. Yacolucci, who made this possible.”
Community members examined the condition of the access road, saw ‘beaver deceivers” protecting the road’s culverts, explored potential trails and looked for medicinal plants. They outlined their initial thoughts to DLLT’s Executive Director, David Montague, and agreed to form a committee which will meet four times a year to advise the DLLT on the continued development of plans for the property.
The DLLT regularly hosts speakers, community forums, work parties, and workshops and leads outdoor adventures that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Maine woods and waters. Visit our website to discover what is happening next!