Preserving the Royal #263

Maine’s waterways are an important part of the ecosystem—an ecosystem that provides nourishment for the body and the soul. Today we speak with author and retired minister, Bill Gregory, and with Alan Stearns and Kyle Warren of the Royal River Conservation Trust, about their efforts to preserve one of our southern Maine rivers for generations of living creatures to come.

Photo by Matt Cosby


Bill Gregory

Bill Gregory  is an author and retired United Church of Christ minister, who formerly worked at Woodford’s Congregational and currently is part of an important environmental stewardship movement within the First Parish Church in Yarmouth.

Kyle Warren

Kyle S. Warren acts both as Stewardship and Outreach Director for the Royal River Conservation Trust, and also as Land Steward for the Town of Yarmouth’s conservation lands. A Registered Maine Master Guide with a geology degree from St Lawrence University, Kyle grew up on Moooselookmeguntic Lake in the western mountains of Maine. He brings a passion for wise and sustainable land use choices to the Royal River watershed. Preserving and improving local opportunities to fly-fish, hunt with his upland bird dogs, and ski-tour motivates this passion. Since early 2010, he has worked with many groups to educate and improve the functions of our local wild spaces. He has been active in land use and environmental regulation since 2004. For more information go to:

Alan Stearns

Alan grew up in eastern Maine. He served as Deputy Director of the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands from 2007 to 2011. Alan currently serves as a Trustee of the Maine Historical Society, and as President of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. He previously served on the boards of the Maine Island Trail Association, the Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail, the Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks & Landscape, and other organizations and campaigns. Alan holds degrees from the University of Maine School of Law, the University of Maine, and Brown University. For more information go to: