What We Do

The mission of the Damariscotta River Association (DRA) is to “preserve and promote the natural, cultural and historical heritage of the Damariscotta River and adjacent areas for the benefit of all.” To that end, we work in five Core Program Areas. Click below to learn more.


DRA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, membership supported, community based, nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization with more than 1,800 members conserving more than 3,000 acres of the region’s most significant lands for public benefit.

Contributions to the land trust are tax-deductible, as provided by law, as are donations of land and conservation easements that provide essential public benefits.

We care for critical land and water resources and historical assets, including outstanding wildlife habitat, public access, and cultural treasures like oyster shell middens. We also provide extensive educational programs focused on the area’s rich natural and historical heritage.

While DRA’s land conservation efforts in the Damariscotta River region are focused on the towns of Damariscotta, Newcastle, Edgecomb, Nobleboro, Bristol, South Bristol, Boothbay and Bremen, our educational programs benefit individuals and families from Yarmouth to Lincolnville, as well as visitors from around the world.

Highlights: DRA offers the community…

We invite you to visit our natural areas, take part in our events and programs, and join our efforts as a member, volunteer, or donor.