Dedicated to the conservation and protection of native ecosystems, farm and forestlands, watersheds,
and scenic landscapes for the benefit of wild and human communities in western Maine.
Subscribe to Newsletter
Noyes Mountain Preserve
Funding Noyes Mountain Preserve Foot by Foot
The Trust has raised $270,000 to purchase Noyes Mountain.
Donations of $2,000 secured one foot of the 1,500' peak.
We still need $50,000 to create trails and manage the land.
Challenge your family, team up with friends
and help buy the mountain foot by foot.
Please make a tax-deductible donation or a pledge today.
No contribution is too small—every inch helps!
Thank you to Jack Gentempo for producing this video for the Noyes Mountain campaign
The Trust is working with the owners to create a long term vision for land they love, beneficial for the land, the sellers, and the community. The 286-acre parcel the Trust has purchased for $270,000 includes road access, a 600’ elevation gain, a section of old county road and miles of well-maintained twitch trails, 12 acres of prime farmland soils, a northern hardwood forest, state-identified rare plant species, and provides access to the pegmatitic outcroppings of the Harvard Quarry (tourmaline!)
(L-R) Shavey Noyes, Tim Heath, Tig the dog, Noyes Mountain Quarry, Greenwood, Maine, c1900
Mineral collector, naturalist, writer and landscape artist, “Shavey” Noyes acquired the mountain summit in 1892 and opened the quarry in 1894. Harvard College purchased the quarry and 60 acre mineral rights from Shavey in 1917. Those mineral rights will retire in 2016. The Harvard Quarry is owned by Frank Perham, Maine’s pegmatite expert.
Noyes Mountain Campaign Update: The Final Push, Spring 2017
On a snowy February 9th, 2017 when many Main Street businesses had closed early, the Trust had a closing of its own. Thanks to all of our community and foundation supporters and a $230,000 bridge loan from The Conservation Fund, Board President, Bob Van Nest, signed the deed for the Noyes Mountain parcel.
This mountain “trek” which began in July of 2014, has taken many twists and turns as large land purchases by small non-profits do. The initial 240 acre parcel was expanded to 295 to provide the Trust with beneficial logging and recreational access. The land was resurveyed to accommodate a Land For Maine’s Future funding opportunity. Then, just prior to a December 2016 closing, there was a title issue that delayed the sale.
Throughout the process, the sellers have been understanding and patient, their realtor sympathetic, and you, our donors, were and continue to be, exceedingly generous. Thank you all for getting us to this stage. Now it is time for the final push to the summit.
Last December, the Trust received news of an anonymous $50,000 gift towards the Noyes Purchase and an additional $50,000 challenge match from the same donor. All monies we raise from private and foundation donors will now be matched up to $50,000. $19,000 has already been pledged or received towards that challenge! Once we reach that $50,000 goal, we will be able to pay off the loan with the grants that have already been awarded. Then all we need are funds for stewardship, signage, and trail building.
Anyone interested in making a contribution or pledge towards Noyes Mountain, please call 739-2124, email us or make a contribution online.
History of Noyes Mountain
Historically the land, which is in Greenwood, was owned by the Stevens family and included a through road north to from Norway to Greenwood (from the Upton Brothers Road to the Hayes Road). In 1869 Ethel Stevens sold the land to Isaac Noyes.
Isaac Noyes became interested in the site’s pegmatitic outcroppings in the late 1880′s. In 1892 the ledge was opened for the first time and became a mecca for scientists and collectors alike, offering one of the most complex mineralized pegmatites in Maine. Mineral operations on the mountain were opened by Isaac’s 6th cousin George Lorenzo (“Shavey”) Noyes and Tim Heath about 1894. Tourmaline was first recorded from the locale about 1904 and over the years the green color found at this location has become known as “Harvard Green”.
The granite pegmatites Noyes collected were largely preserved and passed into the possession of the Harvard Museum, together with the lease of the property, in 1917. In the summer of 1923 active quarrying was undertaken by the Harvard Mineralogical Department under the supervision of Harvard University student Kenneth K. Landes for Landes' dissertation, Paragenesis of the Granitic Pegmatites of Central Maine (American Mineralogist, 1925, v. 10, p. 355-411). Loren B. Merrill of Paris and Arthur Valley undertook most of the actual excavation for Landes at the site.
Currently Frank Perham owns the 1-acre Harvard quarry, which remains open to the public in addition to mineral rights on 60 acres due to expire in 2016.
The American Mineralogist, Vol. 10. November, 1925 No. 11
The Paragenesis of the Granite Pegmatites of Central Maine
by Kennth K. Landes, Harvard University
Noyes Mountain Preserve will forever protect...
Views: Iconic view of Norway Lake and access to extraordinary summit views.
Water: 2,000' of streams and 295 acres within the Norway Lake watershed.
Land: Dramatic ledges, working forests and fields in a significant undeveloped block.
Recreation: Trails for bikers, horseback riders, snowshoers, skiers, rock hounds, hunters.
Community: We will provide programs, pay property taxes, and manage resources.
Why is this parcel worth protecting?
The View of the Mountain
Looking north up the reach of Norway Lake two near mountains shape the horizon and frame the distant view of Old Speck Mountain. The western mountain is Patch Mountain (elev. 1565 feet), and the eastern steeper mountain is Noyes Mountain (elev. 1500). By day this community has enjoyed a verdant mountain backdrop to the lake, and by night humans and wildlife have benefitted from dark hills uninterrupted by development. That could all change quickly. The land trust saw this as our first and best opportunity to protect that seminal view that has been drawn, painted and photographed by many amateur and professional artists in the region.
The View from the Mountain
The other view to protect for public enjoyment is less known to the general public and is the panoramic view south and west from near the summit of Noyes Mountain. Most of us have not seen Norway Lake, or North Pond, or the nearby McIntire Ridge or Patch Mountain from this altitude or direction. Easily travelled twitch trails will lead hikers, back country skiers, and snowshoers from a maintained landing to the viewpoint and summit beyond.
To the east of the summit, the land descends gradually to a saddle plateau towards Rock O Dundee. This is the path of the old road which crossed to Greenwood City. Now a working forest, the land was historically managed as a mix of agricultural fields, pastures and woodlands, as is evidenced by stone walls in the deep woods, and in historic photographs and paintings. The twitch trails on site are well maintained and will make wonderful hiking and back woods ski trails offering occasional views to the south.
Wildlife Habitat and Rare Plants
The parcel supports several rare plants and provides excellent wildlife habitat as it lies in an undeveloped block of 2691acres. It also includes nearly 2000 feet of stream habitat and is given its size and altitude an important forested filter for the Norway Lake watershed.
Mineral and Cultural Significance
The parcel is the location of the respected Harvard Quarry (a separately held acre owned by Frank Perham open to the public) that was opened by Shavey Noyes and Tim Heath in the 1890s. The mineralogy of this mountain, like other deposits in this region, played an important cultural and industrial role in the history of western Maine.
Noyes Mountain will provide non-motorized access to the rare views from the summit and quarry. The iconic view of Noyes Mountain from the southern shore of Norway Lake, will remain as it has been since settlement, a working rural landscape. The Trust will manage Noyes Mountain similar to other Preserves we steward. It would maintain existing trails on site, and potentially add additional trails for hiking, skiing, and mountain biking if consistent with our overall resource conservation goals. It would continue to allow hunting on site, keep the parcel in tree growth tax basis and manage the forest responsibly. Forest management revenue is important for the Trust’s own sustainability.
Most often the Land Trust works with land owners to protect the working lands they have loved and managed to assure that the natural assets of the land will be available for future generations. Less frequently the Trust works to purchase land that has been identified as significant for its natural resources, location, or cultural significance.
Funding Noyes Mountain Preserve Foot by Foot
The Trust needs to raise $270,000 to purchase Noyes Mountain.
A donation of $2,000 will secure one foot of the 1,500' peak.
Challenge your family, team up with friends! Help buy the mountain foot by foot.
Please make a tax-deductible donation or a pledge today.
No contribution is too small: every inch helps!
Creating History Together
Thank you to all the individuals from the community who made donations to ensure the preservation of Noyes Mountain and to the Foundations who understood the importance of our campaign. We are humbled and honored to be able to serve the community and make our shared vision a reality. Below are just a few of those individuals. Please visit the Trust’s website for a listing of all who have contributed.
Western Foothills Land Trust is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
WFLT PO Box 107, 445 Main Street, Norway, Maine 04268 | 207-739-2124
Fields Pond Foundation
Davis Conservation Foundation
Friends of Maine Mountains
Open Space Institute
Emory & Marilyn Ackley
Cushman & Pamela Andrews
Al & Lee Barth
Jesse Wall & Rebecca Brakeley Wall
Sally & Jim Gibson
Kathy & David Greenleaf
James & Pirkko McBride
William & Marge Medd
Susan Jacoby & Janet Nicholas
Pat Dugan & Jim O’Brien
Dennise Whitley & BarryAllen
Ellen & Gene Benner
Jesse Hill & Sarah Carter
Donna Miller & Mary Connaughton
Henry & Marie Coons
Ruth Whalen Crockett & Jonathan Crockett
Don & Ruth Dawes
David & Cathy Sanderson
Warren & Beth Frechette
Donna & John Friberg
Kristin Roy & Tim Gosnell
Jerry & Mert Parsons
Bill & Lill Van Order
Emily Ecker & Marcel Polak
Eric & Lynn Rathbun
Ruth Whalen Crockett & Jonathan Whalen
Virginia & Michael Schobinger
Stephen & Ellen Veazey
Zizi, Scott & Jasper Vlaun
David & Ann Watson
Al & Nancy Willard
Barbara Share & Jack L. Armstrong
Pam & Dave Baker
Rocky Crockett & Katey Branch
David Langlois & Beth Coombs
Al & Pat Daniels
Emma & Ruby DayBranch
Carol Dionne & Family
First Universalist Church of Norway
Joan & Chuck Frost
Ellen Stearns Gibson
William & Jane Gibson
Edwin & Jane Gibson
Lynn & Sal Girifalco
Jennifer Blastow & Mark Grover
Peter & Cindy Harbage
Barbara & William Howard
Fred Huntress, Jr.
Jon & Pamela Jacobsen
Dave & Pat Ledlie
Robert & Pam Manninen
Brian & Sherri Otterson
Paris Cape Realty
Bonnie June Pfeifer
Bob & Linda Popper
Barbara Werner & Catherine Riley
Lois & Ken Ruff
Shambroom Savastio Charitable Fund
Brian & Shelly Shibles
Warren and Sandy Shilling
Charlotte & Ray Snedeker
Andrew & Barbara St.George
Gary & Anne Stuer
Forrest & Cynthia Tinsley
Mary Delano & Tom Tomczyk
Laurier & Wanda Turcotte
Robert & Mary Van Nest
Janet & Frank Vogt
Don & Hilary Ware
David & Elise Wilson
Joseph & Caroline Zilinsky