Mission, Vision, Goals, and Governance

Our Mission:

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

Our Vision:

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

Our Goals:

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. ROYAL GEMS, POLISHED. 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 Governance:

Our volunteer Board of Directors includes a diverse representation of members of our local communities.

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

Policies PDF: 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. Today (March 2017) we have draft policies on some topics that we are using, prior to final adoption and inclusion in the attached final pdf.

2015 IRS Form 990 PDF:  As an IRS 501(c)(3), we annually file an IRS Form 990 with the IRS.  Our IRS 990 reports for prior years are found at guidestar.org

Our public reports: As a Maine non-profit, we annually file reports or secure licenses the State of Maine Conservation Easement 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.