The Bates – Morse Mountain Conservation Area comprises some 600 acres, extending from the Sprague to the Morse River and to the upland edge of Seawall Beach.
It is private property owned by the Bates – Morse Mountain Conservation Area Corporation, a non-profit corporation with members from the St. John Family (which originally conserved the area), Bates College, and the general public. The Nature Conservancy holds a conservation easement on the property. Bates College manages the area for research and educational purposes.
Seawall Beach and a portion of the Sprague River back dune area are the property of the Small Point Association, whose mission is to preserve the wild, unspoiled character of the beach, its ecology, and its endangered species habitat.
HOW THE AREA IS BEING USED
Conservation and Preservation:
Bates College and the Small Point Association are cooperating with The Nature Conservancy and the Maine Audubon Society to preserve the plants, birds, animals, and natural communities within the area. These include the nesting sites of the piping plover and the least tern (endangered species of birds which nest on the bare sand), as well as numerous rare and fragile plants, mosses, and lichens.
Education and Research:
Bates College is conducting environmental research throughout the area in cooperation with other institutions and agencies.