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River Rise Dairy Farm Protected

River Rise Farm in Turner (Androscoggin County) has operated most recently as a dairy farm with sustainable forest management being a significant part of the farm activity. The farm is comprised of approximately 625 acres including 150 acres of fields and approximately 475 acres of working forest, located along nearly 2 miles of the Androscoggin River.

The owners, Adrian and Jennifer Wadsworth, have worked the woods in a sustainable manner, maintaining and improving the fields, and protecting and improving habitat for waterfowl and upland game.

Needing to sell, the Wadsworths hoped that this property could remain as working farmland. Working with Maine Farmland Trust, the property was divided into three parcels; the easements on two of the parcels, totaling 250 acres, will be held by the Androscoggin Land Trust. Fifty percent of the total purchase price of the two parcels, or $375,000, was through the FRPP program. Maine Farmland Trust will hold easements on the third parcel.

Protective easements now prevent the land from being developed, but allow the fields and woods to be actively worked. Without the collaboration between land trusts, NRCS, and other funders, this property would not have been preserved as farmland.