Nestled in the heart of Brave Boat Harbor between Route 103, Bartlett and Payne Roads, Brave Boat Headwaters [BBH] is part of the largest block of natural land remaining in Kittery. Biologically rich, it teems with life. Eagles circle overhead, butterflies flit in open fields, salamanders secret themselves in the wet mosses near vernal pools. BBH is home to rare and endangered species like the Blanding’s turtle and Lady Slipper, as well as wildlife like otters, which travel between the fresh water of the forested uplands to salt marsh and the sea.
The creation of a 150-acre nature preserve at BBH began when Kittery Land Trust [KLT] bought 60 acres from a developer who ad plans for a 27-lot subdivision. This purchase inspired other landowners to commit to conserving 90 additional acres. When it is complete, the Headwaters Preserve will be a permanently protected corridor of land between the 800+ acre Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and KLT’s 170-acre Norton Preserve. It will truly connect Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea“.
BBH will be a public preserve for all to enjoy. With a small parking area and trailhead, it will be a place where people can take a quiet walk or an invigorating cross country ski, listen to birds, lift their spirits. It will be a place where kids and their families can encounter history in stone-wall-dotted woods, where students and teachers can study Kittery’s unique coastal ecology.