RRCT’s passions are conserving land for habitat and future generations, and engaging all people outdoors. With a growing population and changing climate, it is vital that special places be protected for exploration, learning, and habitat.
RRCT & New Gloucester:
The New Gloucester Land Preservation Trust was formed in 1988, and merged with RRCT in 2006. RRCT’s conservation ownership in New Gloucester has grown significantly in recent years with the new Big Falls Preserve (Woodman Road), the growing Pisgah Hill Preserve (Dougherty & North Pownal trailheads) and the growing Intervale Preserve (Route 231 and Penney Road water access). We also hold conservation easements on working forest and working farm properties like the Waterhouse Farm.
Today RRCT holds deeds to over 800 acres of preserves or conservation easements in New Gloucester managed for habitat, hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiles, farming, forestry, and other uses. RRCT also helps other organizations conserve land — notably helping Maine DIFW
In total, in seven towns and cities, RRCT has conserved more than 4500 acres and grown to a staff of three people responsible for all aspects of the organization. More than half of our conservation successes – as measured by acreage – are in New Gloucester.
Caring for the land for the long term:
To care for all of this land, RRCT has invested in a Stewardship Reserve Fund which we rely on to guarantee that we have staff capacity to be responsive to neighbors, to maintain trails, and to manage habitat and ecology. With the acquisition of 170 acres in the middle of the Lower Village and with planned popular trails, our campaign budget includes a necessary line item to increase the size of our Stewardship Reserve Fund, guided by clear RRCT investment and spending policies. At more than 300 acres, the Intervale will become RRCT’s largest preserve. By adding $350,000 to our Stewardship Reserve Fund in addition to more than $200,000 for trail construction and $200,000 for ball field construction, we will have money for staff time and expenses to care for the property, its trails, bridges, benches and forests for perpetuity.
Donors to date (Lower Village, Little League, & Intervale:
Thank you to the many people, foundations and business who have already donated to this project:
- Casco Bay Estuary Partnership
- Davis Conservation Foundation
- Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust
- Morton Kelly Charitable Trust
- George and Miriam Martin Foundation
- Ruda Foundation
- Maine Natural Resources Conservation Program
- Planson International
- Nicholas Planson
- Katya Planson
- John Shattuck
- Julie & Michael Fralich
Detailed project budget: