April 17, 2021
Fuller Farm is a retired mixed-agricultural site with multiple stages of mixed forest regeneration, a hayfield that is currently managed for Bobolink and wetland habitat, and a spring water fall that feeds the Nonesuch River. The Observatory is positioned on the bridge above this waterfall, facing downstream. The intention is to capture changes in flow as seasonal shifts, droughts, and storm events change through time. In 2001, SLT purchased the 150-acre Fuller Farm property from the Fuller family. For almost 100 years, Fuller Farm had been farmed for crops, livestock and hay. We purchased an additional 30-acre abutting property from Blue Rock Industries. Previously, we had received an abutting 40-acre parcel donated by Priscilla Dunn in 1997 as part of the Dunn Estates development. The Fuller Farm, Blue Rock and Dunn Estates properties are managed together as Fuller Farm Preserve and total 220 acres.
The Scarborough Land Trust is participating in the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative Climate Change Observatory (CCO) Network, a photo monitoring program designed to work with environmental conservation organizations and communities to assist with the observation, measurement and documentation of long-term climate change trends.