Active & Recent Projects

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.

View an April 2024 “Mosaic” map of select active conservation projects in Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, and other nearby towns.

View an April 2024 “Four-town hot-spot” map of select active conservation projects in Durham and Pownal.

RECENT / New Gloucester

Land Donation

Generous landowners donated 67 acres of land in New Gloucester on the Auburn town line in late 2023. This parcel is now known as RRCT’s Little Meadow Preserve. Funding for this parcel and the larger Upper Royal Conservation Project came in part from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.

RECENT / New Gloucester

Conservation Easement

Working with Maine Farmland Trust, RRCT protected important agricultural and ecological values on a 150-acre farm while setting the stage for future public access to the Royal River off Cobb’s Bridge Road, with one mile of shoreline conserved. Funding for this parcel and the larger Upper Royal Conservation Project came in part from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.

RECENT / Durham

New Leaf Farm

Working with Maine Farmland Trust, beloved farmland abutting RRCT’s Chesley Meadows Preserve at Runaround Pond was conserved in 2023 for future generations. More details about RRCT’s New Leaf Farm success here! Funding for this project came in part from the Land for Maine’s Future program.

RECENT / New Gloucester

Talking Brook Public Land

Working with the Trust for Public Land and the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands (BPL), RRCT’s 40-acre Big Falls Preserve was expanded by 160 acres to become BPL’s Talking Brook Public Land. Learn more here. Funding for this project came in part from the Land for Maine’s Future program.

RECENT / 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. In 2022, the Town acquired the parcel. An additional expansion is expected in 2024. Learn more here.

RECENT / Yarmouth

Cousins River Fields and Marsh

The Cousins River Field and Marsh was officially acquired by Maine Coast Heritage Trust in 2023. Royal River Conservation Trust and Freeport Conservation Trust worked alongside Maine Coast Heritage Trust to create the opportunity and raise funds for the 82 acre parcel. Learn more here.

RECENT / Gray

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. Learn more here.

OTHERS:

Recent: 2023 3-acre expansion of Pisgah Hill Preserve

Active: 2024 10-acre expansion of Pisgah Hill Preserve

Active: 2024 Town Meeting proposal with the Town of Pownal for a conservation easement on a town-owned woodlot.

Active: 2025 expansion of a conservation parcel in Pownal to create the Upper Thoits Branch Preserve

Active: 2025 or later expansion of Chesley Meadows Preserve in Durham by acquisition of Franahan Fen