| Jane Vaughan- Lakes Region Weekly |
NEW GLOUCESTER — The Royal River Conservation Trust is partnering with Gray-New Gloucester Little League on an ambitious Lower Village conservation plan that will be a “community-oriented project.”
The two groups will buy a 180-acre parcel of land in New Gloucester from Don and Lynne Chandler, who have given them a few years to raise the money needed. The price for the parcel has not been finalized, and there will be a second appraisal.
The land will be conserved in perpetuity as part of the Royal River Conservation Trust’s existing Intervale preserve. The project will preserve areas of historical significance and important habitats — including frontage on Stevens Brook, wading bird and wildfowl habitat, open marshes, vast wetlands and beaver ponds — and also explore the potential for trail development and other recreational use. Gray-New Gloucester Little League will own five to 10 acres of the parcel and plans to build new ballfields.