Phase 2 Begins: Yarmouth’s West Side Trail

Yarmouth’s West Side Trail is a rapidly expanding network of mountain bike, running, and dog-walking trails that connect neighborhoods, businesses, and conserved lands.  Owned and managed by the Town of Yarmouth, the trail is growing with support from Royal River Conservation Trust, Yarmouth Rotary, private donations, volunteer labor, and many other sources of funding and momentum.

Trail information | Photos | Maps

 

Give Now! Riverfront Woods Campaign

You can help save Yarmouth’s last remaining unfragmented habitat and shoreline along the Royal River: In Yarmouth the Royal River’s undeveloped shoreline and habitat is rapidly disappearing as our community grows. The Royal River’s shoreline from East Elm street upriver to North Yarmouth still remains mostly undeveloped and naturally supports beavers, otters, deer, and a variety of bird species and distinct flora. This environment creates a surprisingly remote experience for paddling in the summer and skating, snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.  

Only our generation can save the remaining land before it is too late: The Royal River Conservation Trust and the Town of Yarmouth are working in close partnership to raise the necessary funds to purchase 24 acres of riverfront land that is owned by Steve and Greg Dugas, Yarmouth residents. The Dugas riverfront property abuts the 22 acre Town-owned Hilda Barker Preserve and the 35 acre Town-owned Sligo Road Preserve directly across the Royal River. The connection of these preserves will create a corridor for trails and will protect one half mile of shoreline. This new Riverfront Woods Preserve creates a lush sanctuary that is also accessible from growing neighborhoods. These lands are part of a nearly 1,000 acre multi-town unfragmented habitat.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 by December 31, 2017.  Please consider a generous gift now!

WAYS TO GIVE: All gifts to the Campaign to Protect Yarmouth’s Riverfront Woods are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. EIN  010472430

Gifts by check: Checks should be payable to the Royal River Conservation Trust and mailed to RRCT, P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096.  Click here for an easily printed two-page pdf fact sheet and donation form.  

Gifts by credit or debit card: Online gifts for this campaign are easy with this button:




Gifts appreciated stock, or IRA distributions:  A gift of appreciated securities or a gift of IRA distributions can have additional tax benefits for the donor.  Please contact RRCT’s Alan Stearns  at (207)847-9399 or Alan@RRCT.org to discuss, or to get information on RRCT’s broker for any transfer.

Company or Corporate Donations: On campaign materials, we will promote any company that donates $5,000 or more as “Leading Business Donors: Riverfront Woods Campaign.” These donors will also be promoted as Royal River Conservation Trust Business Partners, and will receive one relay team membership for the Spring 2018 Run of the Royal canoe relay race (see www.RRCT.org). Business donations of $7,000 or more will also be promoted as “Supporting Sponsors” of the 2018 Run of the Royal.  

More information online: 

Click here: Campaign overview and donation form (two pages).

Click here: Local and regional maps of the planne preserve (four pages).

Click here: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and campaign fine print.

For questions or information about the campaign, please contact:

Alan Stearns, Executive Director, RRCT: Campaign Co-Chair, Alan@RRCT.org cell (207) 215-8315

Beth Sturtevant, Yarmouth resident, Campaign Co-Chair, BSturtevant@CCB-inc.com cell (207)831-0420

For questions or information on the Town’s role, please contact: Karyn MacNeill, Director of Community Services, Town of Yarmouth, KMacNeill@yarmouth.me.us  (207) 846-2406

CAMPAIGN BUDGET INFORMATION: 

Steve and Greg Dugas have generously agreed to sell this riverfront land for $135,000 below the appraised value. We begin the campaign with funds for more than 40% of the discounted purchase price of the land already identified, as the Town Council plans to commit $110,000 in available land acquisition reserve funds toward the $250,000 purchase price.  Please contact us for more specific budget information beyond this summary:

Dugas riverfront property discounted purchase price:                            $250,000.00*

Private funds for town trails, signs, and land management:                     $20,000.00

Conservation easement (Barker + Dugas):                                                   $20,000.00

Due diligence, transactional, and campaign costs:                                     $20,000.00

Total Needed to Acquire Land, others costs & due-diligence:                $310,000.00

Less … Town of Yarmouth committed funds:                                           ($110,000.00)

Riverfront Woods Campaign Goal:                                                              $200,000.00

*Appraised value is $385,000

More detailed budget information is available, upon request.

3rd Annual Run of the Royal: May 19, 2018

3rd Annual Run of the Royal 2018: Build Your Team. Protect Our River

Stay tuned for details on the 3rd Annual Run of the Royal 2018, on Saturday, May 19th, 2018.

This four-leg, flatwater canoe relay race supports the Royal River Conservation Trust and our plans to acquire and improve public paddling access points and shoreline habitat up and down the river, its tributaries, headwater ponds, and on Casco Bay.

The race’s relay format, with eight racers paddling four legs (two paddlers/leg) is designed as a team-building opportunity.

The relay race course begins and ends at Yarmouth History Center on East Elm Street in Yarmouth. The Yarmouth History Center bustles with live music, food vendors, art shows, raffles, and the History Center’s excellent exhibits.

We had a strong turnout for the 2017 race. We had 17 teams of eight paddlers registered from Brentwood, Aging Excellence x 2, LL Bean x 2, Maine Beer, TJD&A, Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, Stantec, Fluid Imaging, Yarmouth Boat Yard, Garmin, Alexander & Schmidt, Air & Water Quality, Planson International, Hancock Lumber (Anchor Bolts), Brookside, and more.

A map of the race course is below. Learn more about this section of river, part of the Royal River Water Trail.

For questions, contact Race Director David Truesdell at runoftheroyal@gmail.com

2017 Race Results:  With great weather and amazing enthusiasm, the 2nd Annual Run of the Royal presented by Maine Beer Company was a huge success! Congratulations to our winners: 1st place L.L. Bean (Aquatic Flying Sircus), 2nd place Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating (Royal River Muskrats), and 3rd place Garmin. View full race results and splits.

2016 Race Results:  The First Annual Run of the Royal in 2016 attracted 16 teams and raised more than $10,000 to fund our work. Thank you to all of the teams and companies who pitched in.  Congratulations to our winning teams, Aquatic Flying Sircus (L.L. Bean), Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, and Team Cascon! See all 2016 results.

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Featured Preserve: Yarmouth’s Spear Farm Estuary Preserve

The Spear Farm Estuary Preserve is a scenic 55-acre property with diverse habitats, ranging from stately oaks and pine forest to the open salt marshes of the Royal River estuary, and a small freshwater pond with a fringing marsh. There is an excellent picnic spot and overlook on the pond’s northern shore.  Owned and managed by the Town of Yarmouth, the property was acquired with the leadership of the Royal River Conservation Trust which holds a conservation easement.  Funding for the conservation project included the Land for Maine’s Future program, many private donors, and many other public and private funders.

More information | Map | Conservation History | Birding