Category: Season’s Successes

Thanks to the generosity of John Hall and Paula Crook, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust recently acquired nearly 10 acres in Bristol. John and Paula donated one portion of the land and sold another to Coastal Rivers at a bargain sale (significantly less than market value), leaving only a small amount for Coastal Rivers to fundraise for.

The new preserve adds to the 140 acres already conserved in and around the popular La Verna Preserve.

Funding from three project partners in the past two weeks has brought Coastal Rivers close to the finish line in our campaign to permanently conserve Chapman Field and Forest, a 32-acre parcel in Damariscotta. Adjacent to Coastal Rivers’ 115-acre Salt Bay Farm property on Belvedere Road, the property includes forest, wetland, and a significant amount of farmland with excellent soils.

Coastal Rivers’ Wabanaki program has been a fixture for schools all over Maine for many years. Every October, busloads of schoolkids spend one or more days at Salt Bay Farm learning about Wabanaki material culture from a Wabanaki educator – listening to traditional stories, playing Wabanaki games, tasting wild edibles, etching birch bark, and helping to build a wigwam.

Teachers place a high value on this unique program that offers an immersive experience like no other.

But how to make it available to schools during a pandemic?

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. …