We did it! Riverfront Woods Campaign

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

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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: 

Recent press articles on the campaign

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

Click here: Local and regional maps of the planned 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


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.

Run of the Royal: Sponsorship

Royal River Conservation Trust is planning the fourth annual Run of the Royal Corporate Canoe Challenge on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Let us help you build your brand by sponsoring this successful and exciting event. The canoe race brings together over 200 local professionals and residents as paddlers, and spectators.  2018 Race Sponsors included Maine Beer Company (presenting sponsor), Kennebec Savings Bank, Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating, L.L. Bean, CCB Construction Services, Gorham Savings Bank, Summit Natural Gas, Stantec, Garmin, and Maine Magazine.

The Run of the Royal supports Royal River Conservation Trust’s efforts to acquire and improve public access and shoreline habitat up and down the river and throughout the Royal River watershed.

Sponsorship Options for 2019

We have two available sponsorship levels to accommodate your businesses needs. Both levels include a complimentary team entry in the Corporate Canoe Challenge (value up to $550). See below for details on sponsorship benefits, or download the Sponsorship Form & Invoice.

Select your sponsorship level and click the “Run the Royal Donate Now” button.

Sponsorship Level

Sponsorship Benefits

Lead Sponsor:

  • 2 free relay teams, 8 paddlers per team
  • Logo on T-shirts
  • Company promotional display tent or exhibit at start/finish line
  • Conservation partner promotion & visibility*

Supporting Sponsor:

  • 1 free relay team, 8 paddlers per team
  • Logo on T-shirts
  • Conservation partner promotion & visibility*

* CONSERVATION PARTNER PROMOTION AND VISIBILITY: RRCT provides year-round promotion of business partners names and logos through communications scaled to the size of the donation or event, including: website, emails, newsletters, kiosks, press and event displays. All of your contributions- including unrestricted contributions, event sponsorship, canoe race registrations-for the prior twelve-month period will be aggregated. We publish and promote our conservation partners as:

  • Royal Champions: $5,000 or greater per year
  • Royal Leaders: $2,000 to $4,999 per year
  • Royal Partners: $1,000 to $1,999 per year
  • Chandler Brook Partners:  $500 to $999 per year
  • East Branch Partners: $250 to $499 per year
  • Collyer Brook Partners:$100 to $249 per year
  • Toddy Brook Partners: $50 to $99 per year

 RRCT events and projects are regularly recognized by statewide and greater Portland media. RRCT email newsletters are sent to nearly 2000 residents and businesses. RRCT’s website and social media pages are visited by thousands of viewers.

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

Return to the Run of the Royal main web page.

Featured Exploration: 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.

More information | Map | Trail Updates


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