RRCT Celebrates!

The painting above is a portion of a new original work of art by local Artist Gail Clark capturing the energy and celebratory sentiments of RRCT Celebrates! in recent years at Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth.

RRCT Celebrates! looked a little different in 2020. We normally gather under a tent and enjoy food and drinks together. In 2020 we didn’t have a big gathering, but we still have so much to celebrate!

And, we want to celebrate with you! 

We were honored to present the 2020 Maine Conservation Champion Award to Cathy Ramsdell and Friends of Casco Bay. For more information on Cathy,  the award, and Friends of Casco Bay visit our RRCT Maine Conservation Champion Award webpage.

Over the summer and fall of 2020 we celebrated some of our current projects and unveiled active campaigns for emerging new preserves. We started with one-on-one site visits introducing donors to the projects, committee meetings on-site and on Zoom. The following were some of our celebrations:

  • Expansion complete in 2020: RRCT has conserved six acres abutting Maine DIFW’s Thurston Wildlife Marsh off Woodman Road in New Gloucester, to be managed as an expansion of the state’s wildlife management area.
  • New RRCT preserve planned for 2021: We’re raising $40,000 to create the 75-acre Thoit’s Branch Headwaters Preserve off Upper Minot Road in Pownal with a focus on habitat, ecology, and traditional uses for land that The Nature Conservancy has identified has high priority for climate resilience.
  • New RRCT preserve completed in 2020: We raised $30,000 to create the 50-acre Mèmak Preserve off Lufkin Road in North Yarmouth, providing recreational access for mountain bikes, hikers, runners, and snowmobiles, conserving beautiful forests in a fast-growing neighborhood of North Yarmouth.
  • Completed:  We helped Freeport Conservation Trust raise funds for their new Marsh View parcel on the Yarmouth-Freeport line, on the Cousins River.
  • Campaign under way: We’re working with Maine Coast Heritage Trust to raise funds to conserve 82 acres on the Cousins River in Yarmouth
  • Campaign under way: We’re working with Gray-New Gloucester Little League to conserve more than 180 acres in New Gloucester, including some of the best ecology in the Royal River watershed and pivotal parcels for a village trail network on the historic Interurban railway. With more than $300,000 raised to date, we have confidence we will reach our ambitious goals.

We invite your business to sponsor RRCT Celebrates and to contribute toward these acquisition projects! We’d love to promote your business as a conservation leader in the Royal River region. Visit our Business Partnership Page for sponsorship opportunities.

Stay tuned for details for RRCT Celebrates! 2021