Our expanding Intervale Preserve in New Gloucester is largely comprised of lush, meandering oxbows. It provides some of the Royal River watershed’s most valuable habitat for migratory birds, waterfowl, and game birds. The forested trail at the Intervale Road parcel provides views of the river’s flood plain marsh and vernal pools and is a popular destination for birders and anglers. The marsh is an outstanding vantage point for observing migrating birds especially in May of each year. Additionally, the stretch of the Royal River from the Intervale Preserve at Penney Road downstream to Wescustogo Park is a wonderful 8.1 mile high-water paddling trip.
We are indebted to more than 100 families, business, foundations, and other funders that donated and helped us reach our $200,000 campaign goal by December 31, 2017. Thank you! It will take us a few more months of due diligence before the Town of Yarmouth takes ownership of the parcel at a planned closing.
Together we are helping save one of Yarmouth’s last remaining pieces of 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 worked 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.
We met our goal to raise $200,000 by December 31, 2017. Thank you!
Thank you to CCB Construction Services for stepping to the plate as a Leading Business Donor! Other business funders include Kennebec Savings Bank, Estabrooks, cowles studio | landscape archicture, and more. Grant support comes from many including the Land for Maine’s Future program and the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.
More information online:
Click here: Campaign overview and donation form (two pages).
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 began 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 (now complete): $200,000.00**
*Appraised value is $385,000
**The Land for Maine’s Future program awarded $110,000 toward this $200,000 goal. The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership contributed $8,000. The remainder was met by donations from more than 100 families, businesses, and foundations.
More detailed budget information is available, upon request.
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.