Category: Season’s Successes

Coastal Rivers is working toward a goal of achieving carbon neutrality within the next 5 years. A major step toward this goal was to install energy-efficient heat pumps to heat and cool the renovated Denny Conservation & Education Center at Round Top Farm. The next step is to power those heat pumps – and the bulk of our electrical needs overall – with solar-generated energy. Joining with Kieve-Wavus in a Power Purchase Agreement has moved us closer to that goal.

Thanks to the combined efforts of Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), the Sherman Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Newcastle has gained 48 acres as well as more permanent protection.

Despite the many challenges we’ve faced in 2020, you’ve helped make it a great year for land conservation, water quality, public access, and education in the Damariscotta-Pemaquid region. This video highlights just a few of the many projects we’ve been working on.

Carolyn Shubert, Land and Water Stewardship Manager, was recognized recently by Maine Lakes for her work as a champion for water quality in the Pemaquid River system.

An ounce of prevention Aquatic invasive plants are very good at spreading from one fresh water body to another by “hitchhiking” on boats and trailers. And they are considered “invasive” for a reason. Just a small piece of milfoil, for example, can spread throughout an entire lake or pond. Once these plants are established, they are almost impossible to remove. They spread rapidly and form dense mats near the surface of the water, blocking sunlight, crowding out native plants, and creating poor habitat for fish, diving birds, and other forms of wildlife. Not to mention getting in the way of …

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Damariscotta native Noah Begin recently completed a forest inventory on Coastal Rivers’ Castner Creek Community Forest property in Damariscotta, just a stone’s throw from where he grew up. He is now writing a stewardship plan as part of his master’s studies at UMaine.

Thanks to a partnership between Coastal Rivers and Great Salt Bay Community School (GSB), students at the school have a beautiful new outdoor gathering space, in the form of a 24’ diameter yurt.

A circular, tent-like structure, the yurt features an oiled wood frame, double insulation, and windows, and will have electricity and heat once complete. …

This year, a new session of Camp Mummichog summer day camp offered the opportunity for youth to try their hand at nature photography.

Campers experimented with aperture and depth of field, perspective, shutter speed, lighting, and editing. They turned their lenses on sweeping landscapes, framed portraits and snapped candids of each other, and sprawled in the grass to capture a bug’s-eye view. (…)

A labor of love 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 …

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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.