Stratton Island was one of Coastal Rivers’ (then DRA’s) very first acquisitions. The 28-acre island was a gift of the late Ann Stratton in 1988. The Strattons of Shreveport, Louisiana traveled to Maine every summer and until 1938 made Hodgdon’s their “menigawum,” which according to family tradition means “island home.” They kept a cow and built a large log cabin on the land. Sign of their habitation can still be seen, but, save for a well-defined foot trail, the human presence has faded into the background. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Trail Description Both eagles and osprey have nested on the …

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Sherman Marsh is a wonderful place to view wading birds and other wildlife. Managing organizations: See map for details. Trail Description: Acquired by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in 1996 with the help of Coastal Rivers (then DRA), this property is varied, little-used, and rich in human history. A high ridge covered in juniper forms the spine of the peninsula and about half-way along is the remains of an old homestead. Originally 95 acres in size, the property grew to 148 acres in 2020 with the purchase of two additional parcels in 2020. The 2020 acquisitions help assure …

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A great walk along the shore and woods of Great Salt Bay on a combination of boardwalks, bridges, and trails. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Salt Bay Preserve skirts the northern and eastern shore of Glidden Point, which was bisected by Route 1 in the 1960’s. The 1.5 mile trail begins with boardwalks across a salt marsh and follows the shoreline of the Great Salt Bay before crossing under Route 1 through an old sheep tunnel. A spur to the shore allows access to one of Maine’s most important archaeological sites – the great and ancient Indian shell heaps …

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As of April 2019, the farmhouse at Round Top Farm serves as headquarters for Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust (formerly Damariscotta River Association and Pemaquid Watershed Association). Round Top Farm has long a destination for music and arts, and is now a recreational hotspot as well. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: Trails meander across open fields to the shore of the Upper Damariscotta River. Picnic tables are placed for ideal viewing of wildlife and wild currents. An accessible northbound connector trail allows access to Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site. This trail is 8′ wide, gently graded and finished with stone …

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The preserve consists of approximately 71 acres of wooded land with over a mile of shoreline along the Damariscotta River, with rocky points, quarries, and views of both Seal Cove and Long Cove. Originally a gift to The Nature Conservancy by the Richardson Family, the preserve is now owned by Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust. Read Plummer Point Preserve – A History Managing Organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description An access road runs from Route 129 and trails start from either side of the access road and lead to the shoreline. Several loop options are available and a winter weather cut-off called …

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Donated to Pemaquid Watershed Association by Allison Bearce Allen in 1991, the Bearce Allen Preserve consists of 40 diverse forested acres with 3 trails that total just over 1 mile. It serves as a demonstration forest to showcase best practices in sustainable forestry. The NORGAL Preserve is an unusual property in that it is privately owned by the Quail Run Homeowners’ Association, but Coastal Rivers holds a conservation easement which, unlike most easements, allows for public access. In 2004, Norman and Gale Hochgraf, the former owners, donated a public access easement to the DRA. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust Description: …

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2021 Harvest Operation Update As of March 12, 2021, the timber harvest is complete and all trails are open.  A message from the Bureau of Parks and Lands: Thanks for your patience during the trail closure to ensure public safety. The sustainable harvest of timber from public lands provides vital revenue to manage recreation, wildlife and care for your Public Lands. The timber produced on public lands is an important part of Maine’s forest based economy. About Dodge Point: Dodge Point was once an award winning tree farm owned by the Freeman Family. The State of Maine purchased it in …

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