NORWAY — The William P. Wharton Trust has granted the Western Foothills Land Trust $11,000 toward the trust’s plan to acquire an additional 97  acres adjacent to Witt Swamp.

The acquisition will protect an additional 4,301 feet of Witt Brook, double the wetland acres protected by Witt Swamp Preserve, and provide an upland buffer to the wetlands.

It will allow for a two- mile yearround nonmotorized trail linking the Witt Swamp trailhead on Pleasant Street with Shepard’s Farm Family Preserve trailhead on Crockett Ridge Road.

The 2.5-mile trail will create a link for hikers, skiers and snowshoers as well as for walkers and trail runners, and mountain bikers who want a five-mile mixed trail/road loop from Main Street.

The trust has applied to the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program for the balance of the acquisition costs and has received initial approval of that application.


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