Category: What’s New

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.

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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.

We at Coastal Rivers are doing all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This includes canceling in-person programs and closing our offices and indoor facilities to the public. We have moved our programming online for the time being. Our many public preserves and trails remain open and we encourage people to take advantage of this wonderful resource (while following public health guidelines, of course.) …

Since Coastal Rivers relocated its headquarters to Round Top Farm in Damariscotta last April, the farmhouse at Salt Bay Farm on Belvedere Road has become a dedicated nature center and a hub for outdoor education. The building will be open to the public at certain times through the winter.

In January and February, the center will be open most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:00 to 5:15 PM, Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:15 PM, and closed on holidays or when AOS 93 schools are closed due to weather conditions. (…)

Something is missing this winter!

Coastal Rivers’ community skating rink, a fixture of the local winter landscape since 2011, is on hiatus for this season.

Time is needed to raise money to replace the worn-out liner for the rink, as well as to recruit many additional volunteers to keep the rink in shape for skating.

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. …

Now that the foliage is turning, the bright yellow leaves of invasive Asiatic bittersweet vines are easy to spot at Round Top Farm, Salt Bay Farm, and Whaleback.

We’re looking for intrepid volunteers to join a “Bittersweet Brigade” that will help us monitor and control the vines at all three locations on an ongoing basis.