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 intends to purchase 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!)

“Shavey” Noyes working the Harvard Quarry, Noyes Mountain.

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.

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.


The Land

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.

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WFLT PO Box 107, 445 Main Street, Norway, Maine 04268  |  207-739-2124


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!

“Shavey” Noyes working the Harvard Quarry, Noyes Mountain.