Borestone Mountain is a 2014 Maine Natural Heritage Hike. For more information, visit my Natural Heritage Hikes page.
Last Monday, I drove for an hour down a rutted, rocky dirt road only to find that it had washed out two miles before my destination. No cell signal. And I had a meeting in 15 minutes.
An hour and a half later, Alexandra, manager of Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, showed no sign of annoyance as she jumped up to greet me. The scene behind her was magnificent: Sunrise Pond in the foreground, Borestone Mountain looming just beyond. Over lunch, she explained what made this place special.
Between the birdsongs and Borestone Mountain’s remarkable, peaceful silence, the landscape whispers of Robert Thomas Moore, an amateur ornithologist who bought a swath of mangled, clear-cut land, knowing that he would not see the ultimate prize – thousands of acres of recovered, mature forest – during his lifetime. Such foresight was unheard of in 1908 and was still revolutionary mid-century when Moore willed Borestone Mountain to Audubon. An oasis of 120-year-old mature forest surrounded by active timber harvesting, Borestone Mountain is now conserved, critical bird habitat thanks to the efforts of this unsung conservation revolutionary.