Newtown and Minot Creeks and Tarrs Mountain, Arrowsic by Beginning with Habitat

The salt marshes of Newtown Creek and Minot Creek cover approximately 200 acres along both sides of Tarrs Mountain. While these marshes do not have manmade drainage ditches, nearby salt marshes to the south along Minot Creek and west of Bald Head do have a few old ditches, which affect marsh hydrology and ecology. Both Nelson’s sharp-tail sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni) and the uncommon saltmarsh sharp-tail sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) breed here. 

Just east of Newtown Creek, Tarrs Mountain hosts has a range of plant communities – salt marsh, pitch pine woodland, spruce woodland, oak-pine forest – amid more than 400 acres of forest. Properties with such diverse habitats in good condition located near protected land is very uncommon in midcoast Maine.

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