A Great Boat for a Great Cause.

The Miss B at anchor

Thanks to a generous DRA donor, we now have the opportunity to sell the lovely boat, “Miss B,” in support of our lands and programs! The Miss B is a 2001 Shew & Burnham-built 28′ St. Pierre Dory. Water designed the dory and water hasn’t changed. A true cruising dory for a discriminating buyer. Professionally built by the acclaimed team of Dick Shew and Cecil Burnham – need we say more? Miss B (slightly modified from the Emme, WoodenBoat no. 35, pp.41-43), is 20′ on the waterline, 28′ LOA, with a 9′2″ beam and 2′ draft. She is an eel at

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A Spring Walk – Notes From The Trail

Dear Friends, Yesterday I walked the trail from the DRA Trailhead at Round Top Farm to Whaleback and back with my family. This peaceful walk took us just over a half hour and was just right for our 5 and 7 year old kids. The trail has been recently cut and is in all its glory right now, thanks to the thoughtful care of steward Pete Noyes and a recent Trail Tamers volunteer effort. As we walked the trail, we were treated to a spectacle of busy bobolinks flying around us. The bobolinks recently arrived from South America and have

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GSB Third Graders Learning Math in the Woods With DRA

3rd graders learning Math in the Woods

It’s a different take on equivalent fractions, numerators, denominators, addition, and division. It combines learning basic math skills with a 45-minute walk in the woods to explore, collect, and observe part of the natural environment. And it’s something Jennifer Gregg’s third graders at Great Salt Bay Community School (GSB) look forward to every week. On most Wednesday mornings throughout the past winter and early spring, DRA Education Director Sarah Gladu has taught math outdoors under the trees behind the school building. “We’re out there every week the schedule permits, rain or snow or shine,” explained Gregg. “The kids love Sarah.

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Wabanaki Technology Brought to Life through DRA/Lincoln Academy Partnership

Steve Cayard bends the ribs

The Native American Wabanaki tribes, or “People of the Dawnland,” have inhabited the coastal and riverine environment of this region for at least the last twelve thousand years. Their primary means of transportation, the birchbark canoe, is a reflection of their intimate knowledge of the woods and waters through which they traveled. The superbly adapted craft is sturdy and flexible enough to be handled offshore or on the big lakes, yet light enough to be carried by one person. This month DRA and Lincoln Academy are offering a special program to construct a birchbark canoe using traditional Wabanaki methods, with

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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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