DCN benefits from the insights, perspectives, and efforts of many partners across Washington and Hancock Counties. Among these partners, the following participate on the DCN Steering Committee:

Blue Hill Heritage Trust conserves in perpetuity land and water resources that support the long-term health and well-being of the natural and human communities on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
College of the Atlantic enriches the liberal arts tradition through a distinctive educational philosophy—human ecology.
Cornell University discovers, preserves and disseminates knowledge, to educate the next generation of global citizens, and to promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community.
Downeast Salmon Federation conserves wild Atlantic salmon, other sea-run fish and their habitats, restores a viable recreational salmon fishery, and protects other important river, scenic, recreational, and ecological resources in eastern Maine.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy conserves distinctive ecosystems, lands, and waters for the benefit of all, from the Union River and Frenchman Bay watersheds east to the Hancock County line.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities, and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners.
National Park Service, Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats with high biodiversity, clean air and water, and a rich cultural heritage.
Schoodic Institute pursues collaborative solutions to critical environmental challenges through discovery and learning.
Sunrise County Economic Council initiates and facilitates the creation of jobs and prosperity in Washington County, Maine, by working with a consortium of community-minded businesses, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and citizens.
University of Maine at Machias creates enriching educational opportunities that prepare graduates for professional success and lifelong engagement with the world.
University of Maine at Orono advances learning and discovery through excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate academic programs while addressing the complex challenges and opportunities of the 21st century through research-based knowledge.
Washington County Manager encompasses two cities, forty towns, three plantations and two Native American areas. It covers 3,258 square miles (2,563 square miles of land and 695 square miles of water, or 21%). The population is 32,856 (2010) which works out to about 13 people per square mile.