RRCT’s planned Mèmak Preserve will be 50 acres including trails through mixed forests for recreation and public access. Save this precious piece of land so future generations in the Royal River watershed will always have access to the woods of Maine.
Please give now to RRCT’s Land Acquisition Reserve Fund to help us create this new preserve in 2020!
RRCT’s Mèmak Preserve is a planned new 50-acre conservation area off Lufkin Road in North Yarmouth. Mèmak is a Wabanaki word for Pileated Woodpeckers, associated with luck and friendship in the culture of Maine’s first people.
The mature woods are filled with woodpeckers, warblers, and wildlife, and are formed by a diverse mix of oak, white pine, hemlock, beech, red pine, and maple. Surrounded by mossy stone walls, the trails are popular for walking and family-friendly mountain biking. Blueberries, lady slippers, mushrooms, and wildflowers are scattered on the forest floor. A snowmobile trail creates year-round connections to Route 115 near the Gray-North Yarmouth town line.
In 2020, RRCT is raising $30,000 for stewardship and development of this planned new preserve. The full value of 35 acres of woods will be donated by Ed & Joyce Gervais and their family, adjacent to an existing 15-acre RRCT Conservation Easement.
The budget is here:
- Hundreds of thousands of dollars: Donation of 100% of land value by Ed & Joyce Gervais & family.
- $5,000 of donations to RRCT’s Land Acquisition Reserve Fund are needed to cover RRCT’s legal fees, due diligence, and closing costs. Remaining funds will be applied toward year-one construction costs for signs, kiosks, parking, and trails even as we look to volunteers, local snowmobile and bike clubs, and pro-bono contractors for many of these expenses.
- $25,000 of donations to RRCT’s Land Acquisition Reserve Fund as a result of this project will allow us to transfer $25,000 to RRCT’s long-term stewardship reserves, which we invest to care for the land for perpetuity. This $25,000 boost associated with this acquisition will generate 4% income per year ($1,000 per year) to cover trail maintenance, land management, education & outreach, overhead, and other expenses.
- Staff time and overhead: Staff time and overhead for this land acquisition project comes thanks to your past support of RRCT through your spring appeal, holiday appeal, and other personal and business donations.
Donations to the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund: click here. Thank you for your support! You can earmark your donation to the Mèmak Preserve.
Full details on Land Acquisition Reserve Fund policy and approach, and long-term stewardship reserves: click here
Contact us if you’d like specific reports on this small campaign, or budget reports on our actual use of Land Acquisition Reserve Fund money.