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JUNE E-NEWS

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Celebrate National Trails Day!

National Trails Day is tomorrow, Saturday, June 5th! National Trails Day aims to bring recognition to the incredible benefits trails provide for recreation, access to the outdoors, and general well-being. To celebrate, please give back to the trails you love by donating, volunteering, exploring, and advocating!
Celebrate the Trails

Upcoming Events

National Trails Day - Volunteer Trail Work
Saturday, 6/5 9am | Peabody-Fitch Woods
Free -
Registration Required
Help us re-route a section of the trail up to the quarry off of the ATV trail. Tools and training provided, please wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves if you have them!

LELT Ambassador Training
Thursday, 6/10 7pm | Zoom from wherever you are!
Free -
Registration Required
Are you passionate about Loon Echo, responsible outdoor recreation, and caring for our local natural resources? Become a LELT ambassador

Trail Running Workshop
Sunday, 6/13 8am | Pondicherry Park
Suggested $5 donation -
Registration Required
Join us to learn from professional running coaches on Loon Echo Land Trust trails! Get tips on form, injury prevention, gear, and any other questions you have about trail running. All paces, all distances. No runner left behind!

Summer Solstice Hike
Monday, 6/21 5pm | Bald Pate Mountain Preserve
Free - Registration Required
Our annual summer solstice hike is back! Join us as we mark the beginning of summer on beloved Bald Pate.

Peabody-Fitch Woods Walk
Friday, 6/25 9am | Peabody-Fitch Woods & Narramissic Farm
Free - No registration required
Join Jon for an informative walk on the gravel loop trail at Peabody-Fitch Woods and Narramissic. Jon, wearing his BHS board president & LELT hats at the same time, will speak to the history of the farmstead.

 
For a full list of events, click here. Events are added as they are planned, check back often!

Trail Crew Work Days

Volunteer Trail Work Days
With the trails seeing more use than ever before, we need your help! Each work day will be different, all will be fairly strenuous. 2-3 volunteers will work with Jon & Aidan. Tools & training provided.
 Registration required.

Friday, June 11, 8:30am - 11:30am | Peabody-Fitch Woods
Friday, June 18, 8:30am - 11:30am | Tiger Hill Community Forest
Monday, June 21, 8:30am - 11:30am | Tiger Hill Community Forest
Monday, June 28, 8:30am - 11:30 am | TBD

Welcome back, Aidan!

We're excited to welcome back Aidan Hagerty to the LELT Team for another summer! Aidan is back in action helping out with trail work & volunteer work days, assisting with a number of GIS & mapping projects, and will help collect data on upcoming conservation projects. Currently residing in Denmark, Aidan is a rising Junior at St. Lawrence University and enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and fishing. Aidan can be reached via email at intern@lelt.org

Wood, Water, Recreation, Wildlife

We're in the process of enrolling all of the land we own in the American Tree Farm System. Tree Farm certification further dedicates us to protecting the woods, waters, recreation opportunities, and wildlife on our lands as we commit to a future of sustainable stewardship.

We are also excited to partner with the American Tree Farm System and the Maine TREE Foundation to unveil the "Sebago Stewardship Hub" of tree farmers. Harkening back to the early days of tree farming where “families” existed as a way to connect local tree farmers, the “Sebago Stewardship Hub” is a first-of-its-kind model for developing connections between existing & prospective tree farmers, and other interested parties seeking information about how to best manage their woodlots in the Sebago Lake watershed. 

If you are interested in learning more, contact LELT Executive Director Matt Markot at execdir@lelt.org.

We stand with the Wabanaki

The tribes in Maine are asking to be treated like the other 570 federally recognized tribes. That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less.

LELT, along with 30 other Maine conservation organizations, signed on to a joint letter of support for the State of Maine to recognize the Wabanaki Tribes' inherent sovereignty.

Ledges Parking Expanded

The Ledges Trail parking area at Pleasant Mountain has been expanded. We have expanded the parking area in order to alleviate parking pressure on Mountain Rd. There were many days last year where parking for the trail overflowed onto the road. The Ledges Trail is one of the most popular hikes in southern Maine (you all know why, it's a gem!). There were over 12,000 hiker visits on the Ledges trail alone in 2020. Thanks to Khiel Excavation for completing the work, which was funded by the Maine Land Trust Network and LELT donors.

 

Flora & Fauna

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.
Donate Now
 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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