Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area. The area is a 1,055-acre impounded wetland located in the town of Troy in Waldo County. The area was acquired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1966 to protect the waterfowl and other wildlife associated with this area in central Maine. Carlton Pond WPA has historically provided good nesting habitat for waterfowl and other birds, and is one of the few areas in the State that provides nesting habitat for the black tern, which is State-listed as endangered. Many bird species that use Carlton Pond have been listed by the Partners-in-Flight organization as species that are declining. Slender blue flag iris, a plant species listed as threatened by the State of Maine, has also been observed at Carlton Pond.
Hurd’s Pond, Swanville. The 25 acre pond, owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fish & Wildlife, is surrounded by 75 acres of sedge meadow and freshwater wetlands. It is visited by many species of migrating and breeding waterfowl including bitterns, great blue herons, and ducks.
Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Sandy Stream Unit, Unity. One of three units in this refuge, the Sandy Stream Unit is a 58-acre parcel in the Town of Unity in Waldo County. It is is mainly comprised of upland shrub, abandoned fields, and floodplain forest. See also Sunkhaze Meadows NWR in Milford.
“Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge & Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area Comprehensive Conservation Planning,” at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/planning/Sunkhaze%20Meadows/ccphome.html (accessed July 18, 2011)