Dunstan River is one of the five rivers that comprises Maine's largest contiguous Tidal Salt Marsh--the Scarborough Marsh. Tidal marshes are the most productive type of wetland (Wilson, 2012).
HISTORY OF SCARBOROUGH MARSH AND DUNSTAN RIVER
Using the Marsh for haying purposes declined in the 1900s and many residents thought of the marsh as a wasteland and an inexpensive place to fill and build. In 1957, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) started a twenty-year process of acquiring the marsh. The partnership between Maine Audubon and MDIFW formed in 1972, utilized efforts to create a nature center at the edge of the marsh on Rt. 9. In 2000, the Friends of Scarborough Marsh was formed by volunteers and representatives for town, state and federal commissions. The Friend’s mission is dedicated to the conservation, protection, restoration and enhancement of the wetland’s watershed.
Southbound— 295: Take Exit 2 towards South Portland/ Scarborough. Merge onto US Route One. Follow Route One, driving over the Dunstan River, come to the junction with Pine Point Rd/9 at Dunstan Corner (use Dairy Corner as landmark). Take left onto Pine Point Rd/9 and continue on to access point.Northbound—95: Exit 42 towards Scarborough. Look for signs towards US Route One. Head north on Route One. Come to stoplight junction with Pine Point Rd/9 at Dunstan Corner(use Dairy Corner as landmark). Turn right onto Pine Point Rd/9 and continue onto access points.
Wetland information and photos by Lorraine K Rudolph, Department of Environmental Science, 2012. Last updated on 05/14/2012 by LKR.