Trail Crew each Wednesday at 10am is a volunteer program each Wednesday (and as scheduled) working on RRCT trails and preserves. Details and schedule here.
Get Out! Nature Walks, once-per-month on Wednesday afternoons, are volunteer-led regular trips with trained master naturalists and other skilled volunteer leaders. Join us for a well-planned, no cost, guided adventure. Free, rain, snow, or shine. Check our Details and schedule here.
Join us for our signature annual summer fundraiser, this year celebrating our organization’s thirty year history. Learn more.
September 11th, 2018 (Tuesday evening): RRCT Annual Meeting of the Members & Board
6:30 pm, Yarmouth’s Log Cabin (American Legion Hall), 196 Main Street, Yarmouth.
We treat our annual meeting in a business-like fashion, taking membership votes required by our bylaws at 6:30pm during a regularly-scheduled board meeting which begins at 5:30pm. Join us to observe the earlier meeting if you like, or join us at 6:30pm for the membership votes — especially a Yarmouth Schools matter.
The primary item on the membership agenda will be the proposed expansion of various Yarmouth Schools. The proposed expansion of elementary and middle schoools on McCartney Street — both the subject of November Yarmouth bond ballots — both would require the amendment of a Conservation Easement held by RRCT. The easement is recorded in Cumberland County as Book 9488, p 248. Amendment of a Conservation Easement requires 2/3 membership approval, per RRCT bylaws.
Both Superintendent Andrew Doloff and Dan Cecil of Harriman Architects will be present at the meeting for briefing and discussion.
If RRCT members approve, and if Yarmouth voters approve, the Conservation Easement amendment would still require the approval of 2/3 of the RRCT Board (upon negotiation of specific terms), the Maine Attorney General, a Maine Superior Court judge, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Negotiations would include both compensation to RRCT for loss of real estate value, and also a mitigation package for loss of conservation values. The planned September vote is thus important, but quite preliminary for a school expansion package that also still has many variables.
Because we don’t yet know whether Yarmouth voters will support expansion of one or both schools, and because the architects and agencies are still working to minimize wetland impacts (thus minimizing acreage impact on RRCT’s conservation easements), we have no answer on the acreage or value of the RRCT and wetlands transaction. Cost estimates range from $100,000 to $200,000 for wetland mitigation, perhaps approaching one acre of impact. All costs (to the school project) must be used for new conservation projects. Those projects are yet-to-be determined.
The RRCT Executive Committee unanimously proposes the follow motion requiring a 2/3 vote of all RRCT members present at the September 11th meeting: To designate the conservation easement held by the Royal River Conservation Trust atop school land at McCartney Street in Yarmouth, as an investment parcel, defined within Article XII of RRCT’s bylaws. The easement is recorded in Cumberland County as Book 9488, Page 248.
September 20, 2018- March 21, 2019 (Thursday evenings 7pm: the Royal River Film Series)
7:00 pm, The Yarmouth History Center: 118 E Elm St. Yarmouth, ME 04096
Once again RRCT and the Yarmouth Historical Society have teamed up to bring you the Royal River Film series. We are featuring six different films on a wide variety of topics connected to the outdoors and nature. Four of these films feature strong women who have made exceptional contributions to their individual fields. Join us for these incredible films and enjoy cookies provided by Maple’s Bakery. The first film, “Dirtbag,” is September 20th, with special support from Patagonia. Check out the schedule and trailers here.
September 29, 2018 (Saturday): 2nd Annual RRCT Together –Volunteer Recognition Picnic & Trek
Stay tuned for more details on our free, family friendly trek and volunteer recognition picnic at Bradbury Mountain State Park.
The Yarmouth Frame and Gallery on US-1 in Yarmouth is hosting an art opening for Catherine Breer and her new collection of paintings featuring the Royal River. Come see these beautiful paintings, celebrate the Royal River, and Catherine Breer. For more information visit: Catherine Breer & the Royal River
5pm-8pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2019
8th Annual Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek
74 Dougherty Road, New Gloucester
Free! Join us for our signature event with a bonfire at the summit.
Join us on Saturday May 18th for our signature Run of the Royal canoe race in Yarmouth — popular for spectators, paddlers, and vendors. The paddling race starts at 10:00am, with paddlers’ meetings at 9:30am, all at Yarmouth History Center on East Elm Streetl Details here.