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Celebrate Earth Day

2021 marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. The celebration of Earth Day has inspired people around the world to protect our planet and build meaningful connections with nature. We can all take actions to ensure that our earth is resilient and beautiful for future generations.

This earth day please consider a donation to Loon Echo Land Trust to support a future with connected ecosystems, clean water, access to outdoor spaces for all, and forever forests managed to fight climate change.

Other ways to celebrate: pick up trash around your neighborhood or a local preserve, contact your state elected officials and urge them to support Land for Maine's Future, or show your love for the trails on social media!
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Upcoming Events

Earth Day Volunteer Day
Thursday, 4/22 9:30am - 1pm | Bridgton Community Center

Join the Bridgton Community Center and Loon Echo Land Trust to celebrate Earth Day in Bridgton! We’ll be working together to complete a number of projects around the Community Center and Pondicherry Park. More info herePlease email Maggie (membership@lelt.org) if you are planning on attending.

Volunteer Trail Work Days
With the trails seeing more use than ever before, we need your help! We're planning a number of trail work days throughout the year. Each work day will be different! 3-4 volunteers per work day. Registration required for all work days.

Monday, April 19, 9am - 11:30am - Bald Pate Mountain Preserve
Friday, April 23, 9am - 11:30am - Raymond Community Forest
Monday, April 26, 9am - 11:30am - Mayberry Hill Preserve
Friday, April 30, 8am - 12:00pm - Pleasant Mountain

Vernal Pool Exploration
Friday, 4/23 9am - 11:30ish | Tiger Hill Community Forest
Free | Registration Required
Come check out some vernal pools with us! 

Spring Birding on Pleasant Mountain
Saturday, 5/1 8am -10am | Pleasant Mountain
Free - Registration Required
Join volunteers Lena & Nathan Ives for a spring birding hike up the Fire Wardens Trail. Open to all experience levels. Please bring water, snacks, appropriate footwear, and binoculars. 

Virtual Presentation: Prioritizing Climate in Conservation
Thursday, 5/6 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Zoom from wherever you are!
Free -
Registration Required
Join us for a conversation with LELT Executive Director Matt Markot and Sebago Clean Waters Conservation Coordinator Hadley Couraud about how we integrate climate data into our conservation and management decisions.
 
For a full list of events, click here. Events are added as they are planned, check back often!

NEW! LELT Ambassadors

Are you passionate about Loon Echo, responsible outdoor recreation, and caring for our local natural resources? Become a LELT ambassador!

These volunteer outreach opportunities are a fun and impactful way to engage with the community, and include hosting LELT information tables at local festivals, farmer’s markets, special events, and LELT preserve trail heads.

No prior experience is necessary; we will provide all the training, information, and materials you need! Ambassadors should be enthusiastic about LELT’s work & mission, and be comfortable interacting with a variety of audiences.

All ambassadors are required to attend a training. The first one is scheduled for May 11th at 7pm on Zoom.
Sign Up For May 11 Training

Access isn't always guaranteed on Maine's privately owned land

"Land trusts, which conserve privately owned land, play a critical role in making sure public access to private land is not lost, he said. That’s the case around the country, but even more so in Maine, where only 6.5% of land is owned by federal, state or local governments."
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Mud Season

Spring means MUD (if we get some rain soon...)! If a trail is super muddy, please consider turning back and trying again when things dry out. If there is just a bit of mud and water on the trail, walk THROUGH the mud! Straight through the puddle! Seek out stones to step on if you can! Don't step off the trail to go around the mud. Enough people stepping around muddy areas will trample important vegetation and widen the trail.

Thank you for taking care out there to help keep these important resources in good shape.

Hacker's Hill Opens May 1

The gate to Hacker's Hill will open as it always does on Saturday, May 1. The gate is open to vehicles on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30am - Sunset. It remains closed Tuesdays, Thurdays, July 4 & inclement weather days.

The restroom will be open this year. Use of the preserve will be monitored in light of COVID-19, and we will make any changes to our policies as necessary.

We need a desk!

Do you have a desk lying around that you're not using anymore? Or a table that would work well as a desk? We need to create a new work station for our summer intern and are looking to be sustainable and use something that already exists in the world. If you have something you think might work, and are willing to donate it, contact Maggie at membership@lelt.org or call 207-647-4352.
Thank you for your support!
Loon Echo Land Trust is a community-supported nonprofit. Everything we're able to do is a direct result of your support. You can make sure more forests are accessible for you and your family, local critters have forever homes, and our earth is more resilient to climate change.
Learn more here.
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 Loon Echo Land Trust protects land in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine to conserve its natural resources and character for future generations.
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