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!

Save the Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth

Come celebrate with us! Every penny this event raises will go directly to much needed land acquisition throughout the Royal River watershed!  Scroll below for tickets.

We’ll be celebrating safely and following CDC guidelines for outdoor gatherings. Join us for food, drinks, and friends. Join us for great conversation about conservation, habitat and the protection of the watershed.

Maine Conservation Champion Award

We will be presenting RRCT’s Maine Conservation Champion Award to Katrina Van Dusen of the Freeport Conservation Trust (FCT), retiring after ten years of exemplary conservation work. Help us honor the acres and acres of protected land & the woman that made it happen. FCT has conserved over 1,700 acres of open space and 25 miles of public trails, notably on the Cousins River shoreline and marshes. Learn more about RRCT’s Maine Conservation Champion Award.

Keynote Speaker

Betsy Cook, the Maine State Director of the Trust for Public Land will be joining us as a keynote speaker. As the Maine state program director for The Trust for Public Land, Betsy is committed to ensuring all Mainers have equitable access to the outdoors. Betsy joined The Trust for Public Land in 2017 and during her time has worked with communities across the state to create over 25,000 acres of new public lands, parks, and community forests. Previously, Betsy worked with the New England Forestry Foundation, and Triangle Land Conservancy and Duke Forest, both in Durham, North Carolina. Betsy discovered the power of public lands during her summers working in the White Mountain National Forest’s backcountry hut system. Betsy holds a BA from Cornell University and Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry from Duke University, where she completed her thesis on community forests. Betsy lives in Portland and enjoys exploring all corners of Maine by cross-country, hiking, and paddling with her spouse, Jesse, and energetic dog, Banjo. 

This summer RRCT is celebrating:

  • The Thoit’s Branch Headwaters Preserve: RRCT’s preserve planned for 2021: We’re raising $40,000 to create the 75-acre preserve off Upper Minot Road in Pownal with a focus on habitat, ecology, and traditional uses for land that The Nature Conservancy has identified as high priority for climate resilience.
  • The Cousins River Marsh and Fields Preserve: Working with Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Freeport Conservation Trust, RRCT is raising funds to conserve 82 acres on the Cousins River in Yarmouth following a successful effort to conserve an adjacent parcel in Freeport in 2020.
  •  The expanded Intervale Preserve (New Gloucester’s Lower Village): RRCT is working 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 $400,000 raised to date, we have confidence that we can reach our goal.

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

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