To provoke dialog about climate change, the Royal River Conservation Trust produced three-dimensional relief maps of the Royal River and Casco Bay watersheds. The maps hang in the New Gloucester and Gray and Yarmouth public libraries, and Pownal and Yarmouth town halls, and are available for lending to schools from RRCT’s office in Yarmouth. The map includes information on predicted landscape resilience in the face of climate change, as mapped by The Nature Conservancy. This information is increasingly helping RRCT strategize our land conservation priorities.
“Identifying parts of our watersheds with more diversity, and therefore potential for landscape resilience, is an important step to guiding a long-term future for our forests, streams, coast and wildlife. As the developer of the Resilient and Connected data and maps, The Nature Conservancy fully endorses this approach to landscape conservation. The next step is the protection and stewardship to keep those diverse areas as ecologically healthy as possible. The Royal River Conservation Trust is making great strides for this future with guidance from good data and sustained conservation action.” Andy Cutko, Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy in Maine