12 Rivers Conservation Initiative

Georges River Land Trust is proud to be working closely with seven of our neighboring land trusts in midcoast Maine to implement the 12 Rivers Conservation Initiative. Collectively, we hope to conserve special landscapes at a scale greater than the sum of our individual efforts.

In 2016, we began to reexamine our long-term conservation planning through the lens of regional climate data. Here’s an article about our recent progress.

Our Vision

Our vision is a network of conserved lands that protects midcoast Maine’s ecosystems and ensures multiple human benefits for generations to come.

Our Mission

The mission of the 12 Rivers Conservation Initiative is to accelerate conservation of the forested landscape from the Kennebec River to the Georges River with the goal of doubling the amount of protected lands. Currently, of the 825,000 acres in the 12 Rivers Initiative area, approximately 45,000 acres are conserved.

Who We Are
12 Rivers
  • Boothbay Region Land Trust
  • Damariscotta River Association
  • Georges River Land Trust
  • Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust
  • Midcoast Conservancy
  • Medomak Valley Land Trust
  • Pemaquid Watershed Association
Our Conservation Goals
  1. Maintain and promote biodiversity, meaning the diversity of genes, species and ecosystems, as well as the evolutionary and functional processes that link them.
  2. Promote connectivity of large habitat blocks.
  3. Support wildland habitat protection and working lands conservation across the landscape,for example managed woodlands and community forests, since forests are key to clean air and water quality, local resource-based economy, traditional recreational uses such as hiking, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling, as well as regional biodiversity.
  4. Integrate regional outdoor trails and other recreational opportunities.