The Cousins River Fields & Marsh Project
The effort to protect an important salt marsh and create a new public preserve in Yarmouth is underway.
Salt marsh teeming with life, forestland graced by stately old oaks and pines, and fields with rich agricultural soils make up the diverse landscape of this beautiful and highly visible property on the Cousins River in Yarmouth.
MCHT teams up with local land trusts
Maine Coast Heritage trust, Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT), and Freeport Conservation Trust (FCT) are working together to add this keystone parcel to the extensive network of conserved lands in the area already secured by local land trusts, and to protect the river’s 220-acre marsh system.
Protecting salt marsh is key to making the coast more resilient to climate change
Our goal is to ensure that the shoreline remains undeveloped so that it can accommodate the movement of the marsh as sea level rises and this important habitat can stay intact in the decades to come.
Countless fish, birds, and other animals spend some portion of their lives in salt marsh. By ensuring a future for salt marshes, we give these important species a better shot at survival. Salt marshes also clean the water and air and protect the infrastructure of our towns and communities.
In the video below, learn more about how protecting places like Cousins River helps make the coast more resilient to climate change.
Recreational and community programming opportunities
Thanks to its large size, good soils, and variety of habitats, Cousins River Fields & Marsh offers lots of opportunities for recreation and community programs.
Possibilities include outdoor education, small-scale agriculture, hunting, ADA-accessible paths, and trails for walking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Fundraising effort is underway
Maine Coast Heritage Trust has until October 31, 2021 to raise the $2.19 million for this project, which includes the cost to acquire the 82 acres, pooled stewardship funds, and operational support.
If we are successful meeting our fundraising goal, we will conserve the entire property. If we fall short, we will work to fund the conservation of the most important portions of the property by splitting off and selling one or more lots for residential development. See updates about this project in the Portland Press Herald and MaineBiz.
Interested in protecting an important salt marsh and creating a new public preserve in Yarmouth? Step up and make a gift today!
For more information, please contact:
Director of Development
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086
Town/County: Yarmouth, Cumberland County
Project size: 82 acres
Project cost: $2.19 million