RRCT protects land through land donations, purchases, conservation easements and other legal agreements, and assisting other conservation partners and municipalities.
Below are select projects that RRCT is working on or have recently concluded. Not all projects are public due to quiet landowner and funder dialogue. We are always interested in working quietly with landowners who seek to conserve their own land or local neighborhoods.
ACTIVE / Durham
New Leaf Farm
Working with Maine Farmland Trust, beloved farmland across from Runaround Pond will be conserved for future generations. More details to come!
ACTIVE / New Gloucester
Talking Brook Public Land
Working with the Trust for Public Land and the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands (BPL), RRCT’s Big Falls Preserve is expanding by 156 acres. The expanded preserve will be renamed Talking Brook Public Land and will be owned by BPL. Learn more here.
ACTIVE / North Yarmouth
Knight’s Pond Preserve
RRCT has worked for a decade to create and expand the Knight’s Pond Preserve, alongside many others. North Yarmouth’s 2022 town meeting approved town acquisition of a parcel that will allow trail construction between village center and Knight’s Pond. Learn more here.
ACTIVE / Yarmouth
Cousins River Fields and Marsh
The Cousins River Field and Marsh will become a preserve in 2022 when Maine Coast Heritage Trust closes on the property. Royal River Conservation Trust and Freeport Conservation Trust worked alongside Maine Coast Heritage Trust to raise funds for the 82 acre parcel. Learn more here.
Thayer Brook Preserve
In March 2022, RRCT purchased nearly 150 acres next to Libby Hill Forest, expanding a large trail network and protecting significant wildlife habitat. We are still raising funds for needed trail work and more. Learn more here.
Expanding Pisgah Hill Preserve
Thank you to a generous landowner, who added RRCT’s sixth parcel to Pisgah Hill Preserve in 2021. We are working with other landowners for even more. Learn more here.
Expanding Intervale Preserve
RRCT added 175 acres in 2021 to the previous 125-acre Intervale Preserve. In 2022, RRCT is working alongside a group of neighbors to scope a vision, parking access, and trails for the recently acquired acreage. Learn more here.
Creation of Fern Hollow Preserve
A small parcel that RRCT acquired in 2005 was expanded in 2021 to create better public access and protect a small tributary flowing into Chandler Brook. Learn more here.