Lands Protection & Stewardship

DRA protects and stewards significant land and conservation easements.

Our conservation efforts center on the Damariscotta River region, encompassing eight towns. DRA owns 38 preserves, holds 40 easements, and co-manages an additional 12 properties, which together total more than 3,000 acres.

Land Protection

We work in partnership with private landowners, agencies, and other non-profits. Gifts of land and conservation easements from generous donors, as well as targeted purchases, help us grow and connect our network of conserved lands for public benefit – wildlife, water quality, scenic integrity, historical preservation, and public access. Once we own the lands or hold an easement, we rely on an exception cadre of stewardship volunteers to help maintain trails and monitor preserves and conservation easements.