Two Rivers Campaign Progress Toward $1,900,000 Goal
Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) is actively working to protect two remarkable properties on the Machias River and the Middle River in the Machias Valley area totaling over 1,000 acres and 4 ½ miles of shoreline. The properties – located in the backyard of Machias and Whitneyville – are connected by the Down East Sunrise Trail, a converted rail-trail that runs 85 miles from Washington Junction in Ellsworth to Ayers Junction near Calais. They currently receive local use and in many ways are viewed as lands open to the public, though ownership change could quickly close off public access forever. Both properties hold great potential as community conservation lands. Their protection will build on a landscape-level effort to conserve the Machias River from its headwaters and tributaries to estuarine confluence in downtown Machias.