We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to conserve and invest in 180 acres for habitat, history, and human connection.
New Gloucester’s Lower Village occupies a hillside overlooking the Intervale, some of the richest ecology and habitat of the Royal River watershed with wading bird habitat, wild trout streams, rare plants, and vast wetlands. Between the village and the wetlands is a softball field, with room for expansion.
With your help, the Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) and Gray-New Gloucester Little League (GNGLL) are working together to raise $1.1 million by December 31, 2021. These funds will be used to purchase a 180-acre parcel where we will rebuild and expand trail networks, expand little league ball fields, construct a playground, and provide for the long-term care and stewardship of the property. As of October 1, 2020, we have already raised $333,000 toward our goal of $1.1 million.
Currently the property includes the softball field and rustic trails in the village as well as woods, streams, and habitat. With the purchase of the land we will guarantee traditional access for hunting and fishing. Parts of the historic Interurban rail line will become a pedestrian and multi-use trail connecting iconic historic sites and the Village Store to Stevens Brook.
RRCT and GNGLL are jointly raising funds. At the end of the campaign GNGLL will own approximately 10 acres where ball fields will be rehabilitated and built and a playground will be installed for community use. RRCT will own the Lower Village woods and trails and the expanded Intervale Preserve, adding more than 170 acres to its existing 128-acre preserve. A growing list of other landowners have pledged to donate trail rights and more than 40 additional acres toward the project.
At more than 300 acres, this will become RRCT’s largest of many preserves.
All gifts to the Campaign to Protect Lower Gloucester Village, the Little League Fields, and the Intervale are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
The Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 010472430).
Gray-New Gloucester Little League (GNGLL) also is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 010481674)
WAYS TO GIVE:
- Gifts by credit or debit card: Fill out the form below:
- Gift by check: Checks should be payable to the Royal River Conservation Trust, the fiscal agent for the joint campaign with GNGLL. Please specify if you’d like your donation to specifically support one aspect of the project.
Mail checks to: Royal River Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096
Gifts of Appreciated Stock, or IRA Distributions: A gift of appreciated securities or a gift of IRA distributions can have additional tax benefits for the donor. Please contact RRCT Executive Director Alan Stearns at (207) 215-8315 or Alan@RRCT.org to discuss these options or to get information on RRCT’s broker for any transfer.
Company or Corporate Donations: We will gratefully recognize business donors to this campaign as Royal River Conservation Trust Business Partners and Little League Corporate Sponsors. On campaign materials we will acknowledge companies that donate $5,000 or more as “Lead Business Donors to the Lower Gloucester Village Campaign” – and those that contribute at the $10,000 level or more as “Royal Leader’s of the Lower Gloucester Village Campaign.” All will be promoted through the RRCT Business Partnership Program to the scale of the donation.
For questions or information about the campaign, please contact:
Alan Stearns, Royal River Conservation Trust, Executive Director – Campaign Co-Chair.Royal River Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096
Alan@RRCT.org ●cell (207)215-8315
Mark Power, New Gloucester resident – Campaign Co-Chair ● MPower@trane.com
Nate Stone, GNGLL President – Campaign Co-Chair ● firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Libby, GNGLL, Campaign Co-Chair ● email@example.com