Stewardship Update – New trail in the works at Salt Marsh Cove Preserve

Sign at Salt Marsh Cove Preserve

A new trail is in the works at Salt Marsh Cove Preserve in Bristol. Lands and Stewardship Director Jesse Ferreira reports a lovely trail around the cove has been scouted out and flagged. Cutting will begin once weather permits in the spring, with the goal of opening the trail to the public this summer. Winding through mature hardwood forest, and skirting an expansive salt marsh, the trail culminates at picturesque “swim rock,” offering sweeping views of the cove before looping back through the woods. The trail will be fairly easy, and the marsh is an ideal spot to observe wading

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Remembering Huston Dodge

Huston Dodge

Huston Dodge was a good friend to DRA, a lover of the Damariscotta River, and a teacher of history. Few people personified our three-part mission of preserving natural, cultural and historical heritage as he did. Many not be aware that Huston also left us with a lasting legacy, Huston Landing 1740: a DRA Heritage Preserve, a 10-acre property on the east bank of the Damariscotta River in Damariscotta. The preserve is open to the public, and we invite you to explore it! Read more about Huston in the February 8, 2017 Lincoln County News article. Click on any image for

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Celebrating the best of winter at Winter Fest

Winter Fest 2017

There was a wonderful sense of community at DRA’s Round Top Farm on Sunday as approximately 200 adults and children turned out to enjoy some old-fashioned winter fun. DRA and Great Salt Bay Community School’s PTO partnered to offer this year’s Winter Fest as a part of Great Maine Outdoors Weekend. Happily, there was just enough snow on the ground for a dogsledding demonstration (small passengers only!) A fire pit helped ward off the chill, and was perfect for roasting marshmallows. The ice rink was crowded with skaters. Ice skates of all sizes were available to borrow, and wooden braces

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River~Link: One big step closer to filling in the gap!

view of Louderback Marsh

Because of you, we are a big step closer to protecting this special property forever! We are thrilled to share with you the news that with your help, Damariscotta River Association has secured an option to purchase the 178-acre Louderback Property at the heart of the River~Link* corridor in Newcastle and Edgecomb (see map below). What’s more, we’ve just learned DRA has been awarded a grant that will get us 85% of the way to conserving the land permanently. We are that close to finalizing the remaining link in this incredible conservation and recreation corridor. Your commitment to the River

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Growing student gardeners at Round Top Farm

students planting garlic

Growing a Partnership As part of a growing partnership with teachers in the local community, DRA has provided space for Great Salt Bay School (GSB) students to start and maintain a garden at DRA’s Round Top Farm on Business Route 1. Over the past several months, students and teachers have been working with GSB’s Agriculture Coordinator Margaret Coleman and Twin Villages Foodbank Farm Manager Sara Cawthon to get a 1,200-square foot garden plot at Round Top ready for winter and in good condition for the 2017 gardening season. After breaking ground last summer, the gardeners planted a mix of oats,

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DRA’s Round Top Community Ice Rink – Coming Together Again!

Great News! The DRA Round Top Community Ice Rink is close to being open again! This is possible thanks to the leadership of Matt Filler and a dedicated group of volunteers who got up early on multiple occasions to brave the cold weather and lend a hand. This is our 6th consecutive season of operation and we are thrilled to once again offer a free outdoor skating rink. DRA would like to thank the Great Salt Bay Sanitary District for providing the water and the Massasoit Engine Company for filling the rink in the wee hours of the morning. Additionally, we

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The Making of a Wigwam

lashing the poles

Last spring, Passamaquoddy educator David Moses Bridges and his friend Steve Cayard built a traditional wigwam at DRA Great Salt Bay Farm. Thanks to Lincoln County Television and videographer/producer Tam Green, you can watch the process unfold! Featuring music by Hawk Henries. The Making of a Wigwam from LCTV on Vimeo.

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Wabanaki Traditions Come to Life at DRA

students learn about traditional canoe building

Wabanaki tales and traditions came to life for over 350 students, teachers and parents from ten local schools this fall. Participants in DRA’s Wabanaki Education Program learned through hands-on experiences as they etched birch bark, made grass mats for wigwams, built emergency shelters in the woods, dug for groundnuts and sampled a variety of wild edibles. As Education Director Sarah Gladu explains, “The authentic experience of working with natural materials not only teaches history and culture, but also promotes DRA’s mission to connect students with this landscape.” Behind the tremendous success of this program is David Moses Bridges, the Passamaquoddy

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LA Students put the “community” in community service project

For many years, Lincoln Academy sophomores have spent the first morning of the school year doing service work here in the community. Continuing this tradition, thirteen sophomores from Mr. Manahan’s advisory group Lincoln Academy helped volunteers and staff from DRA with trail work on September 1. The group worked on the Salt Bay Heritage Trail  where they enjoyed a morning of moving bridges, clearing brush and improving trails before returning to classrooms and books. The students were a great help, and the trails and trail structures are now in better shape for community use. The Salt Bay Heritage Trail offers some of

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Trail Tamers divide and conquer

Hemlock Bridge

Trail Tamers at it again! I want to thank all fourteen volunteers involved in our August Trail Tamers outing! We usually like to work together as one group, but on this occasion we split-up into three crews to tackle projects at multiple locations. Up at Round Top Farm, the first team pruned trees and cleaned-up the site. Out at the Marsh River Preserve in Newcastle, a second team accomplished moving three large, wooden platforms so that we could salvage the hardware and use them elsewhere. Last but not least, here at Great Salt Bay Farm, we managed to trim trails, prune

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