The Marsh River Bog Preserve is a 54-acre property purchased by Damariscotta River Association in 2004, featuring a good-sized bog and wooded trails. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Trail Abstract The Marsh River Bog Preserve features three loop trails and a bog, opening up to exploration a natural community that few visitors ever have a chance to see. Cotton grass, bog orchids, cranberries, and stunted trees cling to a mat of peat moss which forms an ‘island’ in the center of the bog. Numerous individuals, foundations and public funds made the …

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One of few intact saltwater farms in the Midcoast, this 115-acre wildlife preserve was acquired in several pieces starting in 1994 with the help of generous members, neighbors, and donors, including Betty Noyce. LEARN MORE ABOUT SALT BAY FARM Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Description: A variety of habitats in close proximity make the Farm a regional birding destination. Other highlights of the property include Twin Villages Foodbank Farm, a popular sledding hill, salt and restored freshwater wetlands with an observation platform, and trails through forest and meadow along Great Salt …

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The Crooked Farm Preserve was established in 2002, as a result of a community partnership among Crook family, the Carpenter’s Boat Shop, the Pemaquid Watershed Association, and the Damariscotta River Association, along with the financial support of the local community and funding from the Land for Maine’s Future Program in collaboration with the Maine Department of Conservation. Managing organization: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Trail Abstract: Crooked Farm Preserve is open to the public for walking, boating, hunting and fishing with nearly 130 acres of forest, wetlands, and open fields, complete with high …

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Baker Forest is a 165-acre forest property owned and managed by Coastal Rivers. The property was donated by Bob and Margaret Baker of Newcastle in December 2003. The Bakers’ generosity ensures that this outstanding and diverse forest community will be available for present and future generations to enjoy. The gift of land begins on the River Road and extends westward nearly as far as Route One, crossing rocky ridges, flat and once cleared grazing ground, and a lowland stream with a long and current history of beaver activity. Owned and managed by the Bakers since the early 1960’s, this woodland …

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Whaleback is an 11 acre property owned by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and operated cooperatively with Coastal Rivers. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust/Partner Owned >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Description: The site once contained a massive oyster shell heap or midden formed over a period of more than 1,000 years by Native Americans. The shells were processed for chicken feed in the late 1800’s, leaving behind just a fraction of the original mounds. Interpretive storyboards relate the history of the middens, their accumulation and destruction, and also share stories of the Upper Damariscotta …

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Library Park’s 16 acres of mossy, forested shorefront land slope steeply toward John’s Bay and afford excellent views of the bay and Witch Island. The original preserve was made of two parcels donated by Jane Sewall, who also donated the site of the adjoining library to the town, and was later enlarged with the help of Randy Phelps and Pamela Daley. Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Trail Abstract: To complete the loop back to the library, a generous family to the south of the preserve has allowed Coastal Rivers to use …

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Seal Cove Shore Preserve lies on the western side of the cove bearing its name. A wooded property, it contains fresh and saltwater wetlands, towering white pines, and 3,000 feet of water frontage. The shoreline is marked by a minor cove or “bight” frequented by wading birds and small fish, including at least two species of sticklebacks–native minnows.  Seal Cove itself provides wading bird and waterfowl habitat and supports extensive and economically significant clam flats. Watch a short video on this preserve (November 12, 2014). Managing organizations: Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Trail …

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Tracy Shore is a property of the Town of South Bristol along the eastern shore of Jones Cove on the Damariscotta River. A well-marked system of trails wends its way past vernal pools, cascading streams, and cliffs adorned in rock tripe and ferns, culminating at a promontory affording stunning views of the cove and river. Much of the viewshed is protected by conservation easements donated to the DRA by preservation-minded neighbors. Read “Featured Trail: Discovering Tracy Shore” and see a photo gallery of images (May 26, 2016). Managing organizations: Partner owned/Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust co-managed >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know …

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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 Abstract: Both eagles and osprey call the island home …

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Sherman Marsh is a wonderful place to view wading birds and other wildlife. Managing organizations: See map for details. >>TRAIL USE AND COVID-19 – know before you go Trail Abstract: Acquired by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in 1996 with the help of DRA, this 95-acre 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. The adjacent 22-acre Carolyn O’Brien Preserve was a gift of James and Carolyn O’Brien of Newcastle to DRA in 2003. …

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