Give Now! Riverfront Woods Campaign

You can help save Yarmouth’s last remaining 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 are working 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

Scroll below for easily printed versions of this map.

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.

Our goal is to raise $200,000 by December 31, 2017.  Please consider a generous gift now!

WAYS TO GIVE: All gifts to the Campaign to Protect Yarmouth’s Riverfront Woods are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization. EIN  010472430

Gifts by check: Checks should be payable to the Royal River Conservation Trust and mailed to RRCT, P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096.  Click here for an easily printed two-page pdf fact sheet and donation form.  

Gifts by credit or debit card: Online gifts for this campaign are easy with this button:

Gifts 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’s Alan Stearns  at (207)847-9399 or to discuss, or to get information on RRCT’s broker for any transfer.

Company or Corporate Donations: On campaign materials, we will promote any company that donates $5,000 or more as “Leading Business Donors: Riverfront Woods Campaign.” These donors will also be promoted as Royal River Conservation Trust Business Partners, and will receive one relay team membership for the Spring 2018 Run of the Royal canoe relay race (see Business donations of $7,000 or more will also be promoted as “Supporting Sponsors” of the 2018 Run of the Royal.  Thank you to CCB Construction Services for stepping to the plate as our first Leading Business Donor!

More information online: 

Click here: Campaign overview and donation form (two pages).

Click here: Local and regional maps of the planned preserve (four pages).

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

For questions or information about the campaign, please contact:

Alan Stearns, Executive Director, RRCT: Campaign Co-Chair, cell (207) 215-8315

Beth Sturtevant, Yarmouth resident, Campaign Co-Chair, cell (207)831-0420

For questions or information on the Town’s role, please contact: Karyn MacNeill, Director of Community Services, Town of Yarmouth,  (207) 846-2406


Steve and Greg Dugas have generously agreed to sell this riverfront land for $135,000 below the appraised value. We begin 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:                                                              $200,000.00

*Appraised value is $385,000

More detailed budget information is available, upon request.