|Maine House||District 139|
|Maine Senate||District 6|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 19.5|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 10,7|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[roke BLUFS] is a town in Washington County, settled in 1763 and incorporated on March 12, 1891 from a portion of Jonesboro. Contrary to most town in Washington County, the town has been adding population during the last two decades.
Located south of Machias, the community has a long coastline on its Great Cove, Englishman Bay and Little Kennebec Bay.
Roque Bluffs State Park occupies about two miles of the shore. Inland from the park is the Englishman River Wildlife Management Area along the eastern shore of that river.
Virtually all of the town is considered one of Maine’s “Focus Areas of Statewide Ecological Significance.” The Maine Natural Areas Program has this overview:
This area, which includes Englishman River Marsh, the Black Head Bogs, Hanscom Heath, and Great Cove Heath, is generally in excellent condition. The peatlands are scattered to the east and west of the major feature of this focus area—the extensive Englishman River tidal marsh. The total area of the Englishman River Marsh is roughly 230 acres, making it one of the larger tidal marshes in the Downeast Region.
Englishman River Tidal Marsh The most interesting feature of the Englishman River tidal marsh is the extensive mixing zone where freshwater marsh converges with salt marsh. The resulting “brackish tidal marsh” supports an interesting assemblage of plant species with characteristics of both freshwater and saltwater tidal marshes.
It also notes the presence of rare plants, high quality wildlife habitat, and the economic impact on enhancing property values and attracting tourism.
Maine. Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. “Focus Areas of Statewide Ecological Significance Roque Bluffs.” https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mnap/focusarea/roque_bluffs_focus_area.pdf (accessed April 4, 2013)