Category: Season’s Successes

Taming the trails – a labor of love

Trail Tamer volunteer clearing brush

Creating and maintaining trails where people of all ages and walks of life can enjoy quiet natural places is a big part of what we do at Coastal Rivers. What many may not realize is how much work goes on behind the the scenes to make that happen. It is the loving and dedicated work of dozens of volunteers who make it possible to keep up with nearly 50 miles of trails. Each preserve has at least one volunteer steward, for example, who visits regularly to check for storm damage, broken bog bridges on trails, and other issues. Often the

Twin Villages Foodbank Farm on Channel 6 News

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Don Carrigan of Channel 6 News caught up with Sara and Meg at Twin Villages Foodbank Farm recently to learn about what sets this farm apart from all the rest. Spoiler alert: All the food is donated to food pantries and other low-income food programs in Lincoln County! Coastal Rivers is proud to partner with the farm by providing land and behind-the-scenes support. Click to view the video on YouTube.

River House and Coastal Rivers aim to keep plastics out of the River

Eleanor Kinney on the river

About a year ago, during a cruise on the Damariscotta with DRA, now Coastal Rivers, Bremen resident Eleanor Kinney looked out over the harbor and noticed a lot of blue Styrofoam boat moorings. This type of Styrofoam crumbles easily and is an abundant source of plastic pollution in aquatic environments. Eleanor knows this from experience, as she has long been picking up bits of it along the shores of Biscay Pond near her home, where the material is commonly used for buoyancy under docks and swim platforms. A founding member of kNOw S.U.P., a group of volunteers working locally to

Coastal Rivers volunteers monitor water quality at area swim beaches

calibrating instruments for swim beach monitoring

Nine water quality volunteers for Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust attended a Healthy Beaches training recently to go over the proper use of tools and protocol for taking water samples. As a service to the community, Coastal Rivers monitors the water at three area swim beaches for pathogenic contamination. Trained volunteers test weekly for Enterococci at Pemaquid Beach, and for E. coli at the Bristol Mills swimming hole and Biscay Beach. Two of the volunteers have been testing the water at Pemaquid Beach for over 15 years. Data are reported to the towns of Bristol and Damariscotta, which manage the swim

Dodge Point dock rebuilt and ready for boating season

volunteers on the Dodge Point dock

Just in time for boating season, the dock at Dodge Point is installed for the summer. The dock is open for public use and is a popular spot for picnics or to reach the hiking trails by boat. Volunteers and staff from Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust remove the dock each fall and reinstall it in the spring to provide easy access to the preserve by boat. Coastal Rivers co-manages Dodge Point Preserve, which is owned by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL). Visitors to the dock may notice the pier is looking sturdier than it did last year!

Coastal Rivers and oyster growers partner for river clean-up

volunteers with a boatload of trash

Despite cool weather and drizzle, Damariscotta River oyster growers partnered with Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust staff and volunteers for a successful river clean-up on May 17. “A clean estuary is key to the health of the river and to the aquaculture industry,” observed Executive Director Steven Hufnagel. “We all share a commitment to environmental stewardship of the river.” A total of six boats carrying oyster growers and Coastal Rivers staff and volunteers deployed to various points between the Damariscotta-Newcastle bridge and Glidden Ledge. The trash they collected in just two and a half hours filled a large-body truck. The clean-up

At home at Round Top Farm

renovated Round Top Farmhouse

It’s hard to put into words just how excited we are to report that on April 22, we relocated our headquarters to Round Top Farm in Damariscotta. Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Campaign for the Damariscotta Capital Campaign, the 1888 Rafter (later Denny) family farmhouse has been lovingly restored, while creating a center for community education, increasing energy efficiency, and making the public spaces fully accessible. The attached ell, the old “Oats Barn,” was unfortunately too structurally compromised to be restored, so a new wing with a smaller footprint was built in its place. This wing includes

Purchase of Castner Creek Community Forest complete

wetland at Castner Creek

As of March 15, 2019 over 85 acres of woods alongside Castner Creek, in the heart of Damariscotta, are now permanently conserved. Castner Creek is a major tributary to the Damariscotta River, and improving water quality in the creek will have a positive impact on the river. The forest also offers exciting potential for multi-use trails. Because of the vulnerability of the area around the creek, and its importance to clean water, DRA-PWA has been interested in this beautiful stream valley for many years. The creek carries a high load of silt and sediment, which affects the river and can

New preserve and accessible River Trail at Round Top Farm

people walking on the new accessible trail

With a snip of the scissors and an enthusiastic round of applause, a new preserve on the banks of the Damariscotta River was dedicated in memory of longtime DRA mentor and supporter Pete Noyes this past Saturday. Members of the Noyes family as well as DRA members and friends were among those gathered to celebrate the preserve and the construction of the new accessible trail across it. The purchases of the Pete Noyes Preserve and another adjacent property to the south, made possible by donors to DRA’s recent capital campaign, effectively doubled the size of the existing Round Top Farm

In appreciation for all you do

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We couldn’t have done it without you! By way of a thank you to DRA members and supporters, we’ve put together a little slideshow with highlights of the work you’ve made possible during the past year. You’ll see wonderful things happening with land conservation, stewardship, education, marine conservation and water quality, and our partner Twin Villages Foodbank Farm. Enjoy!