We aim to conserve and invest in 180 acres in Lower Gloucester Village for habitat, history, and human connection.
With iconic historic sites and buildings, Lower Gloucester Village is one of the gems of the Royal River watershed. Working together, the Royal River Conservation Trust and Gray-New Gloucester Little League have secured an option to acquire a 180 acre parcel that includes significant wading bird habitat, wild trout streams, recreational trails, the historic Interurban rail line, softball fields, a toboggan hill, and land for hunting. Along with existing conserved habitat and farms in the Intervale and pending donations of conservation land, neighbors in this rural corner of Cumberland County are working to retain rich heritage, habitat, and human connections.
The 180-acre option parcel includes some of the highest value fish, wildlife, and birding habitat in the Royal River watershed, contiguous to RRCT’s existing 100-acre Intervale Preserve, and with more donated acreage including 28 acres of town-owned marsh authorized for donation to RRCT. The option parcel’s open marshes support wading birds and waterfowl. Stevens Brook and tributary streams support wild brook trout.
The parcel and its trails present remarkable opportunities for historic interpretation and preservation. This option parcel was acquired in 1762 by an early settler who became a Revolutionary War patriot. The parcel has remained in the same family through the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Today the option parcel acreage includes portions of the lot that was cleared in the 1750s for the Blockhouse, a battleground during the French & Indian Wars. The acreage hosts trails including a segment of the historic Portland – Lewiston Interurban electric railroad which ran from 1915 to 1933. With access in the center of the historic village, the parcel abuts historic homes and churches all within a few hundred feet of historic sites, the library, and town hall.
Providing access for fishing, hunting, and all-season trails, the option parcel also includes Gray-New Gloucester Little League’s current softball field, with plans for expansion and improvement to benefit girls’ softball, boys’ baseball, and for use by all community groups and people of all ages and abilities.
Campaign Budget, Contacts, and Maps:
Total Campaign Goal: TBD
We are still in the early stages of project development with a pending appraisal, and pending capital budgets for ball field improvements, trail development, wetland restoration, and more. Stay tuned!
At this point, our primary tasks include connecting to neighbors to develop a vision for the various subparcels. Please reach out to us for any reason, and return to this site for more information soon!
Mark Power, Chair, Campaign for the Lower Village, Little League, and Intervale Project firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark is a New Gloucester resident and volunteer
Alan Stearns, Executive Director, Royal River Conservation Trust Alan@RRCT.org (207) 215-8315
Royal River Conservation Trust |P.O. Box 90 | Yarmouth ME | 04096
Easily printed 8.5 x 11 project map (PDF) or scroll below to see this same map as jpg