RCP Stats

 Coordinator: Erin Witham

Contact Info: coordinator@downeastconservationnetwork.org

Year started: 2010

Mission Statement: “DCN connects conservation, research, education, and communities in Downeast Maine.”

General Location: Hancock and Washington Counties, ME

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 2,905,771

Acres Conserved by Partnership: 3,500

Number of Partners: 16

RCP Status: Conserving

Steps Taken in Forming Partnership:

  • Draft a vision, mission statement, goals, and/or objectives
  • Develop a governance structure; develop an RCP website
  • Develop a strategic conservation map; engage landowners and/or municipal officials in your region
  • Engage state agencies, federal agencies, and/or philanthropic organizations
  • Coordinate or collaborate to conserve land as an RCP

Funding sources:

  • Federal Grant or Program
  • Philanthropic Foundation

Website:  https://www.downeastconservationnetwork.org/


RCP Activities


  • Conservation finance
  • Communication/branding projects
  • Building organizational structure/plan
  • Outreach/connecting community
  • Research, education, and conservation (especially focused on impact on municipal property taxes, economic development, and ecological concerns)
  • Mapping/climate resilience
  • Events/conferences (annual Convergence confrerence)

Current Activities:

  • Annual conference and workshops
  • Outreach
  • Assisting partnerships in networking and resource identification
  • Conducting regional research that can serve the partners
  • Strategic conservation planning including focus on climate-resiliency.

Current Project Highlights:

Previous Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Multiple grants (including a multi-year US Healthy watershed)
  • Strategic plan completed
  • Increased and diversified members on the steering committee
  • A completed map on climate change and biodiversity resilience of our area
  • Citizen science monitoring program with local land trusts
  • Five dialogues in Downeast events completed more in the works
  • Economic study with the University of Maine
  • Transaction grants to land trusts
  • Marketing/branding/logo work

Links to featured projects: