About RRCT: Mission, Vision and Governance


Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) was founded in 1988. Today RRCT  has completed over 4500 acres of conservation projects including more than 7 RRCT-owned preserves totaling 700 acres; creation or expansion of more than 7 town-owned preserves (RRCT assists); help in more than 7 state-owned state park and wildlife area expansions (RRCT assists); and creation of 60 RRCT conservation easements including 7 working farm conservation easements. In addition to acquisition campaigns, RRCT has a $250,000 annual operations and land stewardship budget and growing  long-term Stewardship Reserve Funds invested to care for our land for perpetuity. RRCT’s work is all thanks to 600 donor families, businesses, and individuals. RRCT works primarily in seven towns and cities in Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties forming the Royal River watershed:  Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Gray, Durham, and Auburn. Our organizational history is here


The Royal River Conservation Trust protects the natural, recreational, scenic, agricultural and historic resources of the Royal River region for current and future generations.


The Royal River Conservation Trust envisions ecologically healthy lands and waters that support recreational and commercial activities for all of us forever.

Guiding Principles

I. DIG DEEP. We conserve land in the Maine communities that comprise the Royal River watershed. We envision the Royal River’s communities woven together with accessible rivers, streams and corridors of conservation land. Protection of working farms supports local farmers, provides locally grown food, and maintains Maine’s rich agricultural heritage. Protection of varied landscapes supports diverse wildlife, clean water, and resilient ecology.

II. EXEMPLARY STEWARDSHIP. The watershed’s conserved lands should have exemplary management, accessibility, and promotion.

III. ROYAL RIVER EXPLORATIONS: Connected waterfronts, preserves, and forests provide a growing population with places to explore, learn, and nourish the soul.

IV. HEALTHY AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS: We work to protect, improve and restore the water resources of the Royal River watershed and Casco Bay. Healthy aquatic ecosystems will be more resilient in the face of global climate change, and will be better able to meet the ever-growing demand by humans for clean water, food, jobs, and recreation.

V. STRATEGIC ORGANIZATIONAL ALIGNMENT: We work closely with private landowners and municipalities to accomplish shared goals. We are strategically and operationally aligned with other land trusts and conservation groups that also work in the twelve communities of the Royal River watershed.

VI. STRENGTH AND CREDIBILITY: We are a regional non-profit land trust supported by a growing membership of all ages and backgrounds. We are an organization of professional staff and volunteers, guided by the national land trust community’s highest standards and best practices.


Our volunteer Board of Directors includes a diverse representation of members of our local communities. We are always looking to recruit good new board members. Learn more about joining the board here. Meet the members of our current Board of Directors here.  

Bylaws PDF: We are a membership organization, governed by our members.

Policies PDF February 2020: We are continuously updating our policies, aiming for national accreditation, and following national standards and practices today. These policies define our approach to many issues including our Stewardship Reserve Fund, endowment, land acquisition process, and more. Referenced and adopted within our adopted policies are standards and guidelines (not binding policies) of the national Land Trust Alliance.

2019 IRS Form 990 as PDF: As an IRS 501(c)(3), we annually file an IRS Form 990. We offer to share our IRS 990 reports for prior years for review upon request.

Our public reports: As a Maine non-profit, we annually file reports with or secure licenses from the State of Maine Conservation Easement Registry, Conservation Land Registry, the State of Maine’s charitable licensing office, and the Maine Secretary of State. Contact us if you’d like to review any of these reports.