Friends of Wilson Ponds Newsletter

An anonymous benefactor has made it possible for the Friends of Wilson Ponds newsletter will be available by email and mobile. Please check the first edition here. (coming soon)

You can also find the instructions for building a bucket scope here.

We hope to see you at the Pond this summer, virtually and properly distanced.

Invasive Plant Paddle and Courtesy Boat Inspection

Maine’s lakes & streams are being invaded!
Early detection is our best defense.
Please join us for this fun, educational and FREE event:

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program’s


Hosted by Friends of Wilson Pond
Supported by Piscataquis Soil & Water Conservation District

On Saturday, August 18th, 35 Johnson Road on Lower Wilson Pond

Plant Paddle: 9 AM – 12 PM
Courtesy Boat Inspection: 11 AM – 1 PM

Paddlers of all ages are welcome to attend! See below for a list of things to bring.
IMPORTANT: Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Please contact the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program at or (207) 783-7733 to register, or for more information.

Maine’s lakes, rivers and streams are increasingly threatened by non-native invasive plants.   Once established in a lake, stream or pond, early detection of an invasive aquatic plant provides the best hope of eradicating the invader.   Trained volunteers play an extremely important role in this effort.   The work is interesting, rewarding and fun!


What you will need to bring:

  1. Small, shallow-draft boat, e.g. canoe, kayak, inflatable, lightweight skiff, etc. (If you do not have a boat, please contact the event host, or the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.)
  2. Personal Floatation Device (PFD) e.g. life jacket


  1. Food and water to keep you going throughout the session
  2. Hand net or small plastic garden rake for collecting specimens and catching fragments.
  3. Small anchor
  4. Polarized sun glasses (not essential, but very helpful)
  5. 5-10 power magnifying glass or hand lens for examining plant specimen structure. (We will have some loaner lenses on hand as well)
  6. Extra clothes, bathing suit, snorkeling gear, sunscreen, camera, etc. 

Snacks, lunch, and beverages will be provided free of charge by Friends of Wilson Ponds

Invasive Plant Patrol workshops are made possible with support from

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Boater participation in Maine’s Lake and River Protection Sticker Program, The Ram Island Conservation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Portland Water District, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, & donations from individuals, Workshop Hosts, Lake & Watershed Associations, and Businesses.

Friends of Wilson Ponds Annual Meeting and Picnic

Friends of Wilson Ponds
Annual Meeting and Lunch

 All are welcome!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Annual Meeting: 10 am to noon
Lunch Extravaganza begins at Noon

Please bring a salad or dessert to share.
Beverages provided

 44 Muzzy Camp Road
Greenville, Maine
(proceed on Outer Scammon Road {dirt} and follow the signs)

Camp Log: Beanie and Veronica Champeon Camp on Wilson Pond

bement_campPhoto: Karen York on the porch in 1952.

Excerpts from the Log:  The Beanie and Veronica Champeon Camp on Wilson Pond

The trees were sawed at Stan Walden’s sawmill and the lumber was delivered by boat to the lot.

1949 — The land was cleared and the original camp built.

1954 — Roads bulldozed for Bement’s (now Allyn Ward’s camp) and Cole’s (still owned by heirs) camps.

1955 — Removed built-in bunk beds–Veronica did not like to make them.

1955 — Muzzy bulldozing at north end of bog to prep for road to Champeon camp. Later the road was extended to the Muzzy camps at the outlet of the Thoroughfare.

1955 — New wooden boat built by Jim Gregan

1956 — New 5.5 hp Johnson outboard motor

1957 — Wayne, Beanie & Veronica’s son, honeymooned with his bride, Jean Dennison.

1960 — Lonnie Rowe hauling gravel to improve road

1965 — New kitchen completed

At some point the camp was sold to the Harris family who graciously loaned it to Wayne and Jean for their 50th Anniversary celebration in 2007.

Note: Many additional details were provided from the Champeon Camp Log Book and it was striking the camp was always under construction! All information provided by D. Bruce Champeon, Beanie and Veronica’s son.

The Beginning of Friends of Wilson Pond: A Maine Land Trust

Excerpts from correspondence from Wayne & Ellen Nickerson Poole to Associations 

11-27-1990–In 1988 Scott Paper Company, now S.D. Warren Subsidiary, indicated that if they were to sell the Rum Mt. shore, they would give the three Wilson Ponds Associations {Wilson Pond Association, Rum Ridge Association and West Shore Association} first refusal. Tom refers to a letter from S.D. Warren that is not in our archives. Their time frame for getting something going is the year 1991. The property extends from Rum Brook over the top of Rum Mt., easterly along the ridgeline to Greenville east line, north, then west to the Thoroughfare. There is 9,600 feet of shoreline and approximately 500 acres . There are four state camp grounds near Birch Point. There are two leased lots near the Thoroughfare. Asking price is $600,000. Future access to the area by vehicle could present challenges.

Their primary interest is protection of the view. Note the term “viewshed” in his letter.  They will entertain a realistic offer. The price is negotiable depending on the structure of the sale. Their pricing is based on $50 per front foot. It is considered a wholesale price.

Several suggested we look at the formation of a Conservation Land Trust. A Land Trust would be a separate entity from the Wilson Ponds Associations and could be supported by other than our members.

8-4-1991—At a joint meeting of the Wilson Ponds Associations, Rupert Neily from Maine Coast Heritage Trust discussed the benefits of forming a land trust and answered questions. From the 50 people attending there was an overall positive response. It was made clear that the land trust would be separate from the Wilson Ponds Associations. Ballots were sent out Donna Hathaway volunteered to count ballots Art Hathaway volunteered to do the legal work pro bono

11-4-91—Based on a positive response to the balloting, we are moving ahead with organizing a land trust.

12-19-1998—Conservation Easement Deed filed.

Note: Allyn Ward and Stuart Watt were part of this inception team. (There may have been others but the archival records are not complete.)