We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to conserve and invest in 180 acres for habitat, history, and human connection.
New Gloucester’s Lower Village occupies a hillside overlooking the Intervale, some of the richest ecology and habitat of the Royal River watershed with wading bird habitat, wild trout streams, rare plants, and vast wetlands. Between the village and the wetlands is a softball field, with room for expansion. Working together, the Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) and Gray-New Gloucester Little League (GNGLL) are raising funds to purchase a 180-acre parcel that includes the softball field and trails in the village. Woods, streams, and habitat will have guaranteed traditional access and hunting. Parts of the historic Interurban rail line will become a pedestrian and multi-use trail connecting iconic historic sites and the Village Store to Stevens Brook.
RRCT and GNGLL are jointly raising funds to acquire 180 acres, and to invest in trails, ball fields, ecological restoration, and public access. At the end of the campaign, GNGLL will own roughly 10 acres where ball fields will be rehabilitated and built. RRCT will own the Lower Village woods and trails and the expanded Intervale Preserve, adding approximately 170 acres to the existing 128-acre preserve.
A growing list of other landowners have pledged to donate trail rights and more than 40 additional acres toward the project.
Give Now: There are many ways to make a financial contribution to the campaign:
- Gift by check: Checks should be payable to the Royal River Conservation Trust (or RRCT), the fiscal agent for the joint campaign with GNGLL. Print out this remittance form to include with your check, or add the same information along with your check. Mail checks to: RRCT & GNGLL, P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096
- Gifts of Appreciated Stock, or IRA Distributions: A gift of appreciated securities or a gift of IRA distributions can have additional tax benefits for the donor. Please contact RRCT Executive Director Alan Stearns at (207) 215-8315 or Alan@RRCT.org to discuss these options or to get information on RRCT’s broker for any transfer.
- Company or Corporate Donations: We will gratefully recognize business donors to this campaign as Royal River Conservation Trust Business Partners and Little League Corporate Sponsors. On campaign materials we will acknowledge companies that donate $5,000 or more as “Lead Business Donors to the Campaign for New Gloucester’s Lower Village, Little League Fields, and Intervale Meadows” – and those that contribute at the $10,000 level or more as “Royal Leaders” through RRCT’s Business Partnership Program.
All gifts to the Campaign for New Gloucester’s Lower Village, Little League Fields, and Intervale Meadows are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
The Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT) is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 010472430).
Gray-New Gloucester Little League (GNGLL) also is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 010481674)