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 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, Estabrook’s, cowles studio | landscape architecture, and more. Grant support comes from many including the Land for Maine’s Future program and the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.  

More information online: 

Riverfront Woods Preserve trails and public website (under development)

Recent press articles on the campaign

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

For questions or information about the campaign, please contact:

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

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 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**

**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.

Thank you Riverfront Woods Donors:

Pamela B. Adams

Charles and Laurie Ammann

AVANGRID Foundation

Bafflin Foundation

Dan and Julia Bailin

Anne Ball and Dennis Welsh

Kyo Bannai and Craig Schneider

Dave and Cynthia Barnard

Sam Barouch

Laurie Bean

Jeremy Bell and Elizabeth Pratt

Julie Benavides

Bob and Judith Bishop

Donald and Tracy Booth

Nan Butterfield

Doug and Linda Cardente

Marcie and Corvis Catsouphes

David Chalmers

Erin Cinelli and Ben Slayton

Clayton’s Cafe

Kerry and MaryEllen Connell

cowles studio| landscape architecture

Laurel Cox and Adam Sharp

David Craig

James Crofts

Darcy Cunningham

David Kitchen

Deb and Garreth Debiegun

Anthony Debruyn

Peter Dickson

Mary Dowd

Margaret and Tom Downing

Bruce Drouin and Janet Hansen and Family

John Duffy

William Dunn

Eric Elwin and Susan Murr

Estabrook’s

Mark and Pattie Fasold

Irving and Donna Felker

Mr. & Mrs. David Field

Gro Flatebo and Kent Wommack

Richard Flewelling

Ted Foden

Deborah and Crombie Garrett

Ed and Celena Gervais

John Given

Lisa Gorman

Linda and Schuyler Grant

Maura Halkiotis and Tom Renehan

Gardiner Hall

Frank and Constance Harrison

Kathy and Paul Hassett

May Hiebert

Vivian Horoshak and Robert Hawkins

Richard Hubbell

Christopher and Anne Jacobs

Karyn MacNeill

 

 

Kennebec Savings Bank

Judy Knaub

Robert and Caroline Knott

Erik and Catherine Knudsen

Michael and Carolyn Lane

The Laputz Family

Peter Lawlor

Alex Lawrence

Jean and DIck Leslie

Douglass and Rosemarie Lloyd

Christine Manderson and Brian Peters

Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust

Karen Massey and Jeff Thaler

Chris and Steve McDuffie

Sharon McHold and Tom Settlemire

Hillary M. McKinnon

Tred and Lizzie McIntire

Kathy Mills

David and Ruth Morine

Morton-kelly Charitable Trust

Chistiane Northrup

Ann Nye

Hannah and Dan Ostrye

Isabella Pardales

Stacey Pardales

David Pearl

Christine Phelps

Hillary and William Pidden

Christopher and Nancy Pierce

Virginia Remeika

Lisa Fideout and Michael Foley

Robert and Betsy Robson

Josh Royte and Leigh Baker

Karen and John Saucier

Curt and Nina Scribner

Lynne Seeley and Peter Lee

Megan Sevitelli and Michael Dedekian

The Kew/Sharpless Family

The Shurman Family

Elizabeth Small

Bertran Smith and Mary Webber

James Stevens

Jaime and Colles Stowell

Paul and Mary Stuart

Tania Jo and Beth Sturtevant

James and Elizabeth Taylor

Jim Glenn Thatcher

Ann Thayer

The Babbling Brook Fund

Carl Troy

David Truesdell

Tux Turkel and Amy Sinclair

Sarah and Jim Van Fleet

Village Improvement Society

The Waeldner Family

William Ruth and Phyllidia Ku-Ruth

Mary Williamson

Robert Smith and Margaret Creighton

The Town of Yarmouth

 

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