© Paul Rezendes
The Marsh River in mid-coast Maine is one of the state's premier estuaries and is a haven for waterfowl and wading birds. A surprising oasis of wild tidal shoreline within sight of busy Route One in Newcastle, the river complex also offers outstanding recreation for hiking, paddling and nature observation.
In partnership with the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, the State of Maine, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Gulf of Maine Coastal Program, and the Damariscotta River Association, MCHT has helped protect more than 1,100 acres and 11 miles of shoreline within the watershed. The largest property, at more than 700 acres, was saved from development by a conservation buyer, who later sold a conservation easement to the State of Maine to protect the land forever.
Work continues with interested landowners and important support from the Land for Maine's Future Program.