Category: Climate

Given the generally sullen mood of discourse around climate change right now, you might expect our communications on the issue to be seeped with bad news. After all, our work as a conservation organization requires us to be acutely aware of the environmental challenge we are up against. Yet our recent conservation successes give us reasons to be hopeful.

Thanks to the generous support of our membership and donors, combined with the hard work of our staff and board, the land trust acquired an additional 840 acres of publicly accessible land in 2022. We are effectively doubling our rate of conservation, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. (…)

On June 28, Coastal Rivers hosted its first ever Community Climate Conversation. People from across the region, among them business owners, educators, scientists, and students, gathered at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta to discuss the risks and opportunities climate change poses for the community. The event is part of Coastal Rivers’ broader climate strategy, which includes efforts to strengthen local climate resilience. By sharing unique thoughts and perspectives in both small and large group settings, participants united around specific problems and potential solutions that they, and the land trust, could prioritize to promote a better climate future.

The future of the trail at Glidden Point Preserve, formerly the Salt Bay Heritage Trail, is uncertain, thanks to increasingly high tides and storm surge. (…)

Those of you living on or near a lake shore may have observed that lakes are freezing later in the season and thawing earlier than they did in the past. These changes in ice cover can impact the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of lakes and ponds.

The timing of ice cover on lakes in the winter, and its disappearance in the spring, are important indicators of climate change and have implications for summer water conditions (…)

Article by Evan Houk in The Lincoln County News June 2, 2022    Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust cut the ribbon on its solar array, located behind the land trust’s headquarters at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, on Wednesday, May 25. Steven Hufnagel, executive director of Coastal Rivers, explained to the approximately 30 people in attendance at the event how the array started generating renewable electricity for Coastal Rivers and Kieve Wavus Education in February. He said the bright sunny day reminded him about the quote that “when there’s a solar spill, it’s just called a nice day.” Kieve Wavus Education …

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We’re almost ready to flip the switch!

The solar installation behind Darrows Barn at Coastal Rivers Round Top Farm is nearly complete. All the panels and equipment are in place, and our contractor expects to wrap up the wiring within the next few weeks. (…)

What is coastal acidification, and how is it different from ocean acidification? Learn about the issue as it relates to midcoast Maine, as well as what’s being done in our area to better understand the problem.